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Governor Holcomb Signs SB 246 Into Law, Incentivizing Private Landowners to Protect Wetlands

Attributable to Policy Director of Freshwater for Audubon Great Lakes, Brian Vigue

"The Indiana Legislature has taken a step in the right direction for wildlife and communities that depend on Indiana’s wetlands.

SB 246, signed into law yesterday by Governor Holcomb and introduced by Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange), will encourage landowners to protect wetlands on their property by allowing some privately owned wetlands to be given “wildland” status, which qualifies them for tax breaks. 

The overwhelming majority of Indiana’s wetlands are on private land, and encouraging landowners to preserve them is one tool to keep state wetlands safe. That’s important because wetlands protection pays dividends. Among their benefits, wetlands provide habitat for vulnerable marsh birds, and protect communities from flooding. Communities like Tipton, Indiana, which suffered catastrophic flooding in 2013, serve as notable examples of what can happen when wetlands, and their water storage potential, are lost.­­

While we are deeply disappointed in the passage of HB 1383 into law, we are encouraged to see Indiana lawmakers working to advance solutions to protect these vital natural resources. We will continue our work with lawmakers to achieve comprehensive wetland policy that is good for all Hoosiers.”


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