An icy isolated wetland during winter.
Wetlands in Danger More than 700,000 Indiana wetland acres are at risk. © Nathan Herbert/TNC


Wetlands at Risk

SB 389 would wipe out protections for 80% of Indiana’s wetlands.

Statement from The Nature Conservancy on Senate Bill 389

On World Wetlands Day, we’re disappointed the Indiana State Senate has voted to eliminate regulation of more than 700,000 acres of isolated wetlands. We’re encouraged by the bi-partisan votes against the bill, and as Senate Bill 389 enters the Indiana House of Representatives for consideration, we’ll continue to work with legislators in good faith to find a common-sense way to ensure these important wetlands remain protected by state law. People and nature thrive together. Wetlands are good for wildlife, farmers, homeowners and all Hoosiers.

About SB 389

SB 389 would eliminate protection of state wetlands in Indiana. Indiana has already lost 85% of its original wetlands and that of the wetlands remaining, 80 - 90% are state wetlands which would be in jeopardy if this bill passes.

Wetlands are vital to a healthy ecosystem and water resources. They provide water purification and critical wildlife habitat. Wetlands act like giant sponges in the landscape absorbing 1 - 1.5 million gallons of water per acre which reduces flood risk.

How You Can Help

Contact your legislators and tell them you do NOT support SB 389. Don't know who your legislators are? This site can tell you, as well as how to contact them.

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