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Legislature Begins Process Of Creating Statewide Water Plan

A study committee is meeting after the Indiana Chamber released a report last month detailing the need for a statewide water management plan.

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce's report indicated the state has plenty of water resources but needs to build the infrastructure to move the water to residents and businesses that need it.

A legislative study committee is meeting Tuesday to begin discussions on developing a statewide water plan.

The meeting comes after the Indiana Chamber of Commerce released a study detailing the critical need for a state-driven water resource plan.

Researchers say the state’s water supplies are strong but greater conservation and a system to deliver that water to underserved areas is necessary.

Senator Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, says the first step in developing a plan is gathering data, which is why he authored a bill last session requiring the legislature to study the issue.

Charbonneau says getting information before next session is important.

“This is the two year budget writing session and if we miss the ball right now we may be waiting two more years before we get anything done,” he says.

Still, Charbonneau says crafting a comprehensive water plan for the whole state will have to be a long and slow process.

“I don’t think we should be jumping out, doing things just to make it look like we’re doing things when big picture-wise, long term-wise they don’t make sense,” he says.

The study committee that meets Tuesday will hear from environmental experts, utilities, researchers and local government officials.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    if this means we’re going to re-visit the “let’s pipe water from Lake Monroe up to Indianapolis” stupid idea of the year, get your state representatives’ telephone numbers handy. How about we build ANOTHER reservoir up north?

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