An open letter to State Governors & Legislatures (IN only)
21 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!
I am writing to express my opposition to SB389, repealing state-regulated wetland laws. Over 85% of Indiana's original wetlands have been lost due to conversion, according to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. We cannot risk losing more. The damage to threatened and endangered species, the impact on water quality, and the analysis of stream gage data conducted by the IUPUI Center for Earth and Environment Science showing alarming upward trends in runoff peaks and volumes in Indiana watersheds all argue against weakening regulation to this critical natural infrastructure. Removing existing safeguards for these valuable assets is contrary to our understanding of the tangible and beneficial services provided by wetlands that lessen our infrastructure costs, and provide real protections to our citizenry. According to NOAA and FEMA, over $1.5 million in flooding related property and crop damage occurred in Indiana in 2019 alone. Flood storage in our watershed's wetlands plays a valuable role in mitigating flooding and reducing these costs. Preservation of our wetlands protect people as well as the environment and Indiana's biodiversity. I strongly urge you and your colleagues to oppose SB 389.