Isolated wetland means a wetland that is not directly connected to a river or stream. It also means a wetland that does not have federal protection.
There are many types of isolated wetlands: bogs, dune and swale, fens, cypress swamps, pothole wetlands, seeps, marshes, swamps, forested fens, sedge meadows, and more.
A bill in the 2021 Indiana legislative session, SB 389 was passed into law and significantly reduced protection for Indiana’s isolated wetlands. Advocacy by HEC and many partners around the state succeeded in reducing the harm of the original bill.
Learn more about wetlands from these online forums:
How to Watchdog Wetland and Water Permits – November 11, 2021
The Hoosier Environmental Council is offering a series of training webinars on how to watchdog water and wetland permits. This task is well-suited to the staff member or volunteer who is detail-oriented and willing to spend time on the computer digging through documents. The watchdogging effort is worthwhile because it can push the state and federal agencies to consider community concerns and write a permit with more environmental benefits. In these free webinars, we will cover
- the basics of the water regulatory processes,
- how to track the permits,
- how to prioritize which permits to comment on, and
- how to draft effective public comments on permit applications.
Part 1 will cover steps #1 – #3 and take place on Zoom Thursday, November 11, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Central / 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Eastern.
Indiana Wetlands Advocacy, Preservation, and Restoration – October 20, 2021
Hosted by the Hoosier Environmental Council and Indiana Wildlife Federation, this webinar covered wetland preservation and restoration through state efforts and land trusts, options for property owners to restore and preserve wetlands, and advocacy for wetland policy.
Indiana Wetlands II: Where are We Now? – October 5, 2021
Hosted by the White River Alliance and Purdue Center for the Environment, this webinar covers some of the ecosystem functions of wetlands and this year’s changes in state and federal wetland regulation. VIEW THE AGENDA AND RECORDING.
Wetland Protection in Indiana: The Way Forward – February 24, 2021
HEC, the White River Alliance, and the Indiana Land Protection Alliance talk about state wetland policy and alternatives to SB 389.