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Political roundup: Will farmers soon be able to withdraw unlimited amounts of groundwater?

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The Michigan Farm Bureau is recommending new rules surrounding water withdrawals. Should MDEQ continue to regulate the process?

The Michigan Farm Bureau is backing new rules for withdrawing water and House Republicans are obliging them so far.

Vicki Barnett, the former mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator, and Ken Sikkema, senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants and a former Republican legislative leader, joined Stateside to discuss this week’s political news.

They discussed whether the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) uses the most current science and methods to evaluate the quality of water withdrawal for irrigation, how to balance interests between farmers and environmentalists, and the risks of overusing our water resources.

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Ken Sikkema and Vicki Barnett join Stateside every Friday to break down the week’s political news.

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