The subject of water overshadows most topics in Young County these days, from several different vantage points.

In Graham, Stage 3 water restrictions were imposed in May.

City officials recently formally opposed the drawdown policy between PK Lake and Lake Granbury.

Last Saturday, dozens of concerned citizens gathered on the north side of the Graham Square to pray for rain.

And this Monday, June 23, through Resolution #019-FY2014, the Young County Commissioners Court unanimously opposed a proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act called the “Definition of Waters of the United States.”

The amendment to the CWA expands the authority of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers and, for the Young County Commissioners Court, infringes upon Texas’ sovereignty to regulate its own waters.

The resolution to oppose the expansion of federal authority over navigable waters specifically states that if adopted, the proposed rule would negatively impact land management activities such as agricultural production and urban development, as well as infringe on private property rights.

Young County Commissioner Jimmy Wiley said that opposition to the proposed rule is necessary.

“We sent out and signed a resolution to everybody with ears — congressmen, local representatives, everybody — that we are against doing that (allowing federal oversight of state navigable waters),” Wiley said. “Their key word in there is ‘navigable waters’. That within itself is a pretty broad phrase.”

Read the entire story in this weekend's Graham Leader.