Indiana legislators pass bill seeking to deregulate wetlands


INDIANAPOLIS (The Indianapolis Star) — Indiana’s protections for certain wetlands would end under legislation state lawmakers approved in the waning hours of their session.

The bill was authored by a legislator whose family was once cited by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for destroying wetlands. It would remove state oversight of certain wetlands near what are dubbed regulated drains, which are thousands of miles of man-made ditches, streams, sewers and drainage pipes built throughout Indiana to reduce flooding.

The measure passed each chamber mainly along party lines, with Republican approval and Democrat opposition. The Indianapolis Star reports that it’s heading to the governor’s desk.

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(This story was originally published on March 13, 2020)

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