• By Kim Hepler
  • Posted Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Today, Gloria Whisenhunt, Forsyth County Commissioner and North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Board member joined President Trump and county leaders from across the country for an executive order signing ceremony at the Oval Office. The executive order requires federal agencies to review and reconsider the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. The WOTUS rule would have expanded federal jurisdiction over additional waterways, imposing new regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act.

NC counties supported efforts led by the National Association of Counties (NACo) calling for the withdraw and rewrite of the WOTUS rule due to concerns about the impact on county-owned and maintained roadside ditches, bridges, flood control channels, drainage conveyances and wastewater and stormwater systems. Counties play a significant role in implementing and enforcing federal water regulations and have urged for a more inclusive process in drafting and finalizing the rule.

“We’re thrilled our fellow commissioner, Gloria Whisenhunt, was present for this important signing,” said NCACC President and Davidson County Commissioner Fred McClure. “Today’s executive order is consistent with NCACC’s federal legislative goal to roll back the expansion of federal control under the Clean Water Act. I’m encouraged that the new path forward will help address concerns raised by local communities.”

For more information on the NCACC’s federal legislative goals, go to www.ncacc.org/federalissues.

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is the official voice of all 100 counties on issues being considered by the General Assembly, Congress and federal and state agencies. The Association provides expertise to counties in the areas of lobbying, fiscal and legal research, communications, intergovernmental relations, information technology, field visits and risk management services.

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