Environment and Natural Resources
Access to an adequate and consistent water supply is necessary to protect public health and promote economic development. While Indiana is blessed with an abundant supply of water when taken as a whole, it must be stored and transported for use to many parts of the state, including most of the southern half.
Limited local supplies also create conflicts between users and opposition to agricultural expansion. There is a growing trend for local businesses or units of government to withdraw water and sell it for use in another jurisdiction, raising concerns that existing water rights may be impacted. Under the guidance of the Water Resources Study Committee, efforts are underway to develop a comprehensive plan for water management.