Indiana House of Representatives Passes HB 1383, Threatening Wetlands Protections

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

“Two years ago, Indiana lawmakers rolled back protections for more than half of Indiana's wetlands. Yesterday, the Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill that puts more wetlands at risk.  

HB 1383 would further reduce the number of wetlands that are protected in Indiana by changing the definition of what is considered a Class III wetlands, the most protected class. As written, this legislation would leave more of Indiana's vital wetlands open to development and destruction. 

Indiana’s hardworking wetlands provide habitat to birds and other wildlife and store a tremendous amount of water to protect communities from flooding. One acre of wetland can store up to one million gallons of water. There is still time to improve this bill. We urge the Indiana Senate to amend this bill to maintain protections of Class III wetlands so it doesn’t leave the most ecologically important wetlands out to dry.  


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