Waters of the U.S.

Waters of the United States (WOTUS) defines all bodies of water that fall under U.S. federal jurisdiction. In the U.S., cattle graze on nearly 654 million acres – over 1/3 of the nation’s continental land mass.

As the country’s largest collective landowner, America’s cattle producers stand to lose the most from either a vague regulatory scheme or a WOTUS definition that attempts to combat clarity issues with overly broad categorical jurisdiction.

An expansive WOTUS definition impacts the cattle-raising population disproportionately, potentially leaving less grazable land available for productive and sustainable use.


 The CLA Policy Book is written and updated by CLA members. The policies within the book dictate the position that CLA takes on numerous issues throughout the state and within the regulatory arena.