Bill aimed at reducing West Lakes flooding passes Indiana House

The Indiana House approved legislation allowing local units of government in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, St. Joseph and Steuben counties to enter an agreement with the St. Joe River Basin Commission.

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 8:54 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WFFT) - A bill aimed at controlling flooding along lakes in northeast Indiana is moving forward.

The Indiana House approved legislation allowing local units of government in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, St. Joseph and Steuben counties to enter an agreement with the St. Joe River Basin Commission.

"This legislation is vital to the future of those who live in the West Lakes," Ober said. "It gives local government the ability to work with industry experts and neighboring communities to establish preventative measures to combat the flooding issue the lakes chain has been battling in recent years."

If approved, the commission will be able to adopt rules for building site site water runoff and inspect land within the 100-year flood plain.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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