State Senator Ed Charbonneau is touting two bills that received unanimous approval in the Indiana Senate.
Both bills attempt to analyze and secure the Hoosier State’s water resources. Senate Bill 473 requires the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to monitor water resources and provides an avenue for volunteers to conduct the work. It would focus on areas where water withdrawals could exceed the natural replenishing rate.
Charbonneau’s second bill, Senate Bill 474, requests that several state agencies prepare an analysis of the planning and long range needs of water utilities.
Both bills were passed 50-0 in the Senate, but now move to the House for a vote.
Charbonneau did not return calls requesting comment. He did, however, say in a press release that the bills are important steps to preserving an invaluable asset for the state.