Mike Clifford Posted March 7, 2010 Report Share Posted March 7, 2010 This latest comes from a friend in Indiana: Guys-- this legislation is a direct result of the Farmers For a Flood Free Kankakee that Norm met upstream after the floods of 2008. The group convinced local House reps that the floods were a result of logjams. The real reason was several of the levees blowing out. The bill caught us completely off guard and we were unprepared. The IN Division IWLA met yesterday on the river in Shelby and the consensus was this legislation will allow any drainage board to access any accumulation of woody debris without the need for a DNR permit, the only protection we previously had to keep the drainage boards from running amok in our rivers and stream. Others said it allows landowners to remove logjams too. You can guess what the result of this work can mean to everyone downstream The bill allows access roads to be constructed to access the woody debris and heavy equipment can be used directly in the channel. This will be devastating for you guys if we have a wet year. We hope to correct it in the next session but that will give the drainage board a free pass for a year. The USACE will probably not get involved with any drainage board activity unless they go after something not already a regulated drain. The only way to prevent severe damage is some kind of action from your side of the state line. The bill has passed both houses and will be signed by the Governor http://www.in.gov/le...H/EH1232.1.html http://www.in.gov/po...vents/50933.htm http://farmers-excha...?articleID=8226 http://nwitimes.com/...8d3e02cd74.html I hope you can do something Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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