April 2, 2021 Wetlands Update: The final push to stop SB 389!

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The wetlands bill saga continues (Read our earlier posts here)... SB 389 would eliminate Indiana’s Isolated Wetlands Law, ending protection for state-regulated wetlands. The bill has been under review by the Indiana House Environmental Affairs Committee.  Despite any amendments that have been proposed or may be proposed, this legislation would still harm Indiana's wetlands. 

The hearing that was scheduled to take place by the House Environmental Affairs Committee on April 5 has been canceled. Instead, the Republican caucus is planning to debate the bill internally before deciding the next steps, if any. That said, we must speak out now. Even if you have connected with your legislators already - please remind them again. SB 389 should not pass.

Call to Action: Contact your state representative and tell them to 

    • Oppose SB 389 as it passed out of the Senate;
    • Oppose House amendments 11 and 12, and any other amendments that would adversely impact wetlands;
    • Create a Wetlands Task Force to carefully revise Indiana wetland policy with all stakeholders at the table.

Please urge your state representative today to oppose SB 389. 

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Special thanks goes out to our partners in advocacy, the Hoosier Environmental Council, for their images and leadership on this issue. We're proud to collaborate to get the job done!

Save the Dunes has joined more than 80 organizations opposing SB 389

 

The organizations below have signed on to a detailed letter outlining facts about wetlands, policy concerns, and potential alternatives. Visit this letter by clicking here

Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Ecological Restoration Business Association
Indiana Conservation Officers FOP Lodge #201
Conservation Law Center
Hoosier Environmental Council
Indiana Wildlife Federation
White River Alliance
Indiana Land Protection Alliance
Little River Wetlands Project
Central Indiana Land Trust
Red-Tail Land Conservancy
St. Joseph River Basin Commission
Save Maumee
The Nature Conservancy
Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter
Ducks Unlimited
Pheasants Forever
Quail Unlimited
Indiana Sportsman’s Roundtable
Indiana Chapter Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Save the Dunes
Friends of White River
Indiana Izaak Walton League
Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Indiana Conservation Alliance
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Indiana Forest Alliance
League of Women Voters of Indiana
National Parks Conservation Association
Indiana State Trappers Association
Indiana Bowhunters Association
Indiana White-Tail Deer Herd Management
Trout Unlimited
International Crane Foundation
Delta Waterfowl
Tippecanoe Audubon Society
Watershed Philanthropy
Indiana Green Party
Friends of the St. Joe River Association
ACRES Land Trust
Maumee River Basin Commission

Indiana Native Plant Society
Indiana MS4 Partnership
The Watershed Foundation
Indiana Catholic Conference
Indiana Lakes Management Society
Sunrise Indianapolis
Marion County Soil and Water District
Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund
Indiana Water Monitoring Council
Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management
White Violet Center for Eco-justice
Wabash River Enhancement Corporation
Indiana Audubon Society
Just Transition Northwest Indiana
Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, Inc.
Open Space and Agricultural Alliance
Indiana Parks Alliance
Hoosier Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society
Oak Heritage Conservancy
Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life
Clear Lake Township Land Conservancy
Woodland Savanna Land Conservancy
Ouabache Land Conservancy
Wabash Valley Progressives, Inc
Metropolitan Planning Council
Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
Valley Watch
Americus Area Community Coalition
Izaak Walton League, Porter County Chapter
Valparaiso Lakes Area Conservancy District
Save Whiting and Neighbors
Amos Butler Audubon Society
Citizens Action Coalition
The Indiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society
Jasper Rifle and Gun Club
Indiana Deer Hunters Association
South Bend Venues Parks & Arts
Indiana Park and Recreation Association
Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation
Mud Creek Conservancy
Lake James Association
Blue Heron Ministries, Inc

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