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Process To Develop State Water Plan Getting Underway

Indiana Senate Republicans

The chairman of Indiana’s Senate Environmental Affairs Committee says it’s time for the legislature to begin developing a state water plan…but warns it will be a slow process. 

The Indiana Chamber released a study recently detailing the critical need for a state-driven water resource plan.  Researchers say the state’s water supplies are strong but greater conservation and a system to deliver that water to underserved areas is necessary. Valparaiso Republican Senator Ed Charbonneau says the first step in developing a plan is gathering data, which is why he authored a bill last session requiring the legislature to study the issue.  Charbonneau says getting information before next session is important.

“This is the two year budget writing session," says Charbonneau, "and if we miss the ball right now we may be waiting two more years before we get anything done.”

Still, Charbonneau says crafting a comprehensive water plan for the whole state will have to be a long and slow process.

“I don’t think we should be jumping out, doing things just to…make it look like we’re doing things when big picture-wise, long term-wise they don’t make sense, says Charbonneau.

The study committee that meets Tuesday will hear from environmental experts, utilities, researchers and local government officials. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.