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IDEM Says No Permits Required For Work At Lake Monroe Property

Logging at Joe Huff's property along Lake Monroe

Huff's attorney says his client has a right to log and develop his property. (Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News)

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says it inspected private property along Lake Monroe that’s at the center of an ongoing controversy about logging and determined none of the activities require a permit from the state.

Joe Huff owns nearly 250 acres near the Shores subdivision and hired a company to log portions of the land. Some neighbors filed a lawsuit against Huff last year that claims he’s improperly using shared easements for those activities.

The scope of the logging alarms some people who worry about its potential impact on water quality.

But IDEM says in a statement that its staff did not observe any regulated erosional issues or sediment leaving the site during its inspection this week.

Huff is also facing a lawsuit from Monroe County, which alleges he didn’t receive the proper approvals or permits to build at least two structures on the property.

Both lawsuits are ongoing.

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