STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2018) —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 could soon be law.
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.
“Frequent flooding has plagued the communities of the West Lakes, and needs to be managed,” Ober said. “Local governments could soon be able to work with the public, other stakeholders and the commission to enact a plan that, for example, promotes soil conservation, regulates flood plains and restores wetlands.”
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.
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. Land owners would receive notice 21 days before an inspection on their property.
State Rep. Dave Ober represents all of Noble County and portions
of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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