Indiana’s state senators didn’t intend to galvanize Hoosiers to protect isolated wetlands, but their vote last month to repeal regulation of these important ecological features sure did the trick.

More than 50 conservation and environmental organizations are working to maintain state protection for some 700,000 acres of wetlands in Indiana. Thousands of Hoosiers have voiced their concern and asked their legislators to stop this short-sighted effort.

Larry Clemens is state director of The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter. Emily Wood is executive director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation. Joe Schmees is executive director of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

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