House passes Oberís bill helping to manage flooding in Noble County

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, February 5, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2018) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Dave Ober’s (R-Albion) legislation promoting cooperation among six counties working with the St. Joseph River Basin Commission to better control flooding.

Ober said this legislation would authorize local units of government in Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, St. Joseph and Steuben counties to enter into a cooperative agreement with the commission to develop a plan to control flooding.

“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.”

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 bill would allow this collaborative, regional body to also deploy its expertise toward flood prevention and mitigation, according to Ober. Local governments would be able to collaborate with the public, expert organizations and the commission to enact a plan that, for example, promotes soil conservation, regulates flood plains and restores wetlands.

Ober’s legislation would also grant the commission the ability to employ staff, adopt rules concerning construction site water runoff and inspect land within the 100-year flood plain to investigate suspected violations of state flood control laws. The bill would also require written notice to the owner of the land 21 days before an inspection on their property.

House Bill 1089 can now be considered by the Senate. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

 

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State Rep. Dave Ober represents all of Noble County and portions

of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

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

 

PICTURED: State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) presents his legislation on the House floor Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Ober’s legislation would promote cooperation among six counties working with the St. Joseph River Basin Commission to better control flooding.