Victory! Thanks in part to advocacy from Hoosiers, Indiana just took a huge step toward keeping unnecessary pollution out of the clean lakes and rivers that wind through the Hoosier state.
On Wednesday, March 14th, the Indiana Water Pollution Control Board (WPCB) voted 6-2 to adopt new "anti-degradation standards," an important part of the Clean Water Act meant to protect waterways from unnecessary pollution while at the same time promoting important social and economic development.
This victory represents more than five years of work by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), our allies across Indiana, and e-advocates from across the state. ELPC and allies helped review and improve the standards and ushered them through the state’s decision-making process at the WPCB, where they were critiqued and revised through negotiations and testimony. And then the people of Indiana backed us up by writing to the Board members and telling them how important clean water is to them.