[r51] Planning for the Future of Indiana Lakes (1/26/2012)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Start Date: 1/26/2012
End Date: 1/26/2012

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) authored House Bill 1064, which extends the expiration date for the Lake Management Work Group for two years. The bill passed out of the House unanimously. 

During the 2011 Legislative Session the legislature voted to extend the work group for one year. Due to the upcoming expiration date, HB 1064 will allow the group to function and operate for the next two years. 

“As chairman of the Lake Management Work Group, this bill was necessary so that the longevity of this beneficial group could continue on,” said Rep. Dick Dodge.  “The group works on key projects and conducts studies to improve Indiana lakes and the issues they deal with. I am glad to know this valuable group will be meeting for at least the next two years.”

The Lake Management Work Group meets throughout the year and discusses pertinent lake related issues. As part of this group, Rep. Dodge and the other members work toward developing solutions for problems affecting Indiana lakes.

The Lake Management Work Group has discussed and studied a variety of issues such as the following:

• Phosphorus and its connection with the contamination of lakes
• Toxic growth of blue-green algae in lakes and reservoirs
• The increase in mute swans and their affect on the habitat
• The Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program and its monies for biological and engineering projects

“This bill has been received well throughout the committee process and during its hearing in the House,” said Rep. Dick Dodge.  “I look forward to seeing it move through the Senate and hopefully go into law and extend the beneficial impact this work group makes for our state.”

HB 1064 will now move to the Senate for further consideration.