SB 389 has passed the General Assembly and has been signed into law.  It will drastically reduce wetland protection.  The final version of the bill eliminates protection of Class I wetlands and significantly reduces protection for Class II.  It allows development of a wetland that was on cropland as long as the land was used for agriculture during the last 5 years or 10 years if it has no federal wetland. It is retroactive to January 1, 2021.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) testified  that Indiana has already lost 85% of its original wetlands. Of the wetlands remaining, 80 – 90% were state-protected wetlands. The other 10 – 20% are federally protected. Wetlands are vital to a healthy ecosystem, provide  critical wildlife habitat. and reduce flooding. They provide a significant economic benefit. Additional wetlands information and list of organizations opposing SB 389.


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