New restrictions for streams and other wetlands across the nation are causing concern for some Illinois farmers. Lauren Lurkins with the Illinois Farm Bureau says they may be required to get written permission to use streams on their own property.
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The EPA is proposing stricter guidelines over about a-million acres of wetland and two-million miles of streams across the nation. It would give the federal government more say over which streams and wetlands qualify for protections under the Clean Water Act. The suggestion is under public review right now and a final decision won’t be made for at least 90-days.