A federal district court blocked the federal government from implementing the WOTUS rule in Kansas Friday.

The Clean Water Act: Definition of Waters of the United States — commonly known as the WOTUS rule — is part of an act finalized by the Obama administration in 2015 that would expand the definition of waters of the U.S. to include ditches, ponds, and wetlands.

The rule would grant the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers greater regulatory power over ponds, wetlands and streams. Critics of the rule believe it would create unnecessary burden for farmers and ranchers who may need to make adjustments such as diverting streams for a water source, as well as creating unnecessary regulations on private property owners and small businesses.

Kansas Farm Bureau CEO and General Counsel Tom Holden said the injunction was good news for Kansas.

“The preliminary injunction is good for farmers and ranchers, and many other Kansans, because it offers some certainty that the overly burdensome rule will not be implemented in Kansas,” Holden said. “It also provides time for the current administration to complete the process to rescind and replace the rule with a logical and thoughtful approach to water quality.”

The Trump administration delayed implementation of WOTUS to 2020. The administration has announced plans to change the rule, with less regulatory power, but Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release the state continued with the lawsuit in case efforts to rescind the rule failed.

The State of Kansas filed a lawsuit the day after the 2015 announcement of the WOTUS rule to block its implementation, but the lawsuit was delayed by a legal dispute over jurisdiction that ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this year, Kansas won the jurisdiction argument in the Supreme Court.

“This injunction ensures that the Obama-era WOTUS rule will not be implemented in Kansas,” Schmidt said in a release. “Even if the federal government changes its mind or if other courts reject the government's decision to delay WOTUS until 2020, Kansas will be protected. This injunction brings certainty to farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and other private property owners.”

The goal of the Clean Water Act is to keep navigable waters clean, but navigable waters does not include streams, wetlands, ponds and more. The WOTUS rule aimed to give the EPA power over those waters, as they sometimes runoff into navigable waters.