Holcomb signs bill to help manage flooding in northeast Indiana

Holcomb signs bill to help manage flooding in northeast Indiana

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, June 5, 2018

STATEHOUSE (June 5, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb Monday at the Statehouse ceremonially signed a new law promoting cooperation among six counties working with the St. Joseph River Basin Commission to control flooding, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).

Under this law, local units of government in Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, St. Joseph and Steuben counties may enter into cooperative agreements with the commission to develop a plan to control flooding.

The legislation’s author, former State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion), and sponsor State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange), along with St. Joseph River Basin Commission Director Matt Meersman and former Noble County Commissioner Abbott worked together to draft this bill.

“We have been involved with this flood control legislation since its inception,” Abbott said. “I worked with Dave Ober and many others to find a solution on the frequent flooding in our area. This law empowers local governments within the St. Joseph River Basin to work with industry experts and neighboring communities to establish preventative measures to address the flooding issue the West Lakes have been battling in recent years.”

Established in 1988, the St. Joseph River Basin Commission is tasked with improving water quality, encouraging conservation, and increasing coordinated management of the water and related land resources within the St. Joseph River Basin.

This law goes into effect July 1. To learn more about House Enrolled Act 1089, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. David Abbott represents all of Noble County and portions

of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

A high-resolution photo of Abbott can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

PICTURED: Gov. Eric Holcomb signs into law legislation promoting cooperation among six counties working with the St. Joseph River Basin Commission to control flooding on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the Statehouse. State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) worked with Ober on this issue as a former Noble County Commissioner.