Posts in Water Laws
CLC Submitted Comments on Proposed Stream Protection Rule

On October 26, the CLC submitted comments on the Office of Surface Mining’s proposed Stream Protection Rule on behalf of the Hoosier Environmental Council. The proposed rule updates surface coal mining regulations in light of new information on coal mining’s effects on ecosystems and the difficulty of replacing healthy streams impacted by mining. The proposed rule would allow companies to mine through streams if avoiding the streams is not practicable and the applicant demonstrates that she can replace the form and function of the impacted stream. However, the rule allows states with primary authority over surface coal mining to develop their own standards to measure stream function.

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CLC Proposes Updates to Indiana Water Management Policies

In response to the recommendation of the Indiana Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force, and in collaboration with members of the Indiana General Assembly, the CLC developed legislation to update Indiana's water management policies. Currently, water management decisions related to flood control, drainage, and water supply planning are the responsibility of a number of different state and local entities.

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CLC Awarded $150K Grant by Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

The Conservation Law Center was awarded a $150,000 grant by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust (NMPCT) over a two year period to expand its freshwater conservation work, focusing particularly on the Wabash and White Rivers in Indiana. This grant is the third grant awarded to the CLC by the NMPCT.

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