Rep. Heuer: Planning for the Future of Indiana Lakes
Bill Passes House to Extend Lake Management Work Group
STATEHOUSE—State Representative Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) co-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 yesterday and will now move to the Senate for their consideration.
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.
“This group works very hard to make sure that the quality of our lakes in Indiana are protected and maintained,” said Heuer. “Increasing the longevity of this group was essential to ensuring that we continue to study important issues affecting our lakes.”
The Lake Management Work Group meets throughout the year and discusses pertinent lake related issues. The members work toward developing solutions for problems affecting Indiana lakes.
The Lake Management Work Group has discussed and studied a variety of issues including:
• 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
“There are many important issues affecting our lakes that still need to be investigated, and it is my hope that this bill will pass in the Senate so that it can be signed into law,” said Rep. Heuer.