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White River Festival
Patoka Appreciation Day
Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidates to Discuss IN Environmental Issues
Take Action for Clean Water
Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force
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September's White River Festival

HEC is proud to be a partner for the White River Festival, a month-long celebration of the west fork of the White River.  We will be partnering with the White River Festival, Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter's Bowden Quinn, and Friends of the White River's Kevin Hardie to offer two panels on water quality: Green Drinks Indy, on September 11, and the Irvington Green Initiative's Green Hour, on September 18.
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Appreciation Day
on 10/6/12
 
Make plans to attend the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge Appreciation Day coming up next month at Maxey Marsh near Oakland City! The event features refuge tours, birding, kids' activities and free lunch.  The event is hosted by the Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, and co-sponsored by a number of conservation organizations including HEC.  For more information, view the flyer or contact Sue Vernier of the Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.

Oct. 11th: Planned Environmental Forum by Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidates; Pence Campaign Presently Declines        

 

The November 2012 Governor's Race will have far-reaching consequences for Indiana's environmental future. The candidates for Governor have so far expressed different views on transit, rail, renewable energy, and other topics.  Learn how the Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans view these issues in a planned Lieutenant Gubernatorial forum on the environment, organized by the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC).     

 

HEC will be reaching out to our partners for formal co-sponsors soon; presently, Democrat candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Senator Vi Simpson, and Libertarian Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Brad Klopfenstein, have confirmed their participation.  While Representative Sue Ellspermann, the Republican Lieutenant Gubernatorial nominee, has offered to meet with HEC individually, her campaign has unfortunately - at present - declined to participate in such an exchange. 

          

The Forum will be held on October 11th at 6:30 pm at the Indiana Historical Society Auditorium. We will send final details and parking information as soon as possible. In the meantime, for questions about this exciting event, write us at comments@hecweb.org, subject: LG Discussion.  

And don't forget, HEC's "Greening the Statehouse Forum" is on December 1st! Details coming soon.
If you'd like to participate or sponsor, please contact Julie Rhodes.  

Two Bills Introduced That Will Impact Indiana Water     


East Fork White River Next week, U.S. Congressmen and Senators will return to D.C. after an August recess.  When they return, two bills will be on the table that could have serious consequences for Indiana's landscape and the quality of our water resources.

The first is the Farm Bill. A core aspect of this once-every-five year bill is funding to reduce fertilizer and pesticide runoff into our waterways. In the Senate version, reductions in funding will total $23 billion over the next 10 years; the House draft so far cuts $35 billion. $6.4 billion was cut from conservation funding, and several conservation programs were consolidated.  

The second bill is the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2012. Coal ash, which can contain toxic levels of different heavy metals, can risk getting into our groundwater or streams. Similar efforts to take away EPA's authority to regulate coal ash as a hazardous substance have been introduced in the last year, and with your help they have so far been defeated.  

Visit the HEC Action Center to learn more and take action on these two bills!

For more information on the Farm Bill:    

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/f/farm_bill_us/index.html

For more information on the Coal Ash Bill:  


http://earthjustice.org/blog/2012-august/tr-ash-talk-a-dangerous-trojan-horse  

Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force Report a Work in Progress  

A task force of state legislators, conservationists and the Indiana Farm Bureau is about to complete an evaluation and recommendations for natural resource protection programs in Indiana. The task force will review Indiana's progress in protecting: wildlife and biodiversity; forests; water resources; air quality; and soil conservation; and include a report card on the health of natural resources in Indiana.  The task force report will also examine natural resources protection efforts and funding mechanisms in other states.   

The preliminary report will be presented to the Natural Resources Study Committee this month.  The task force's final report is due to the full legislature on January 1, 2013.  Further information on the task force is available on the Nature Conservancy website.  Send comments to Bill Weeks of the Conservation Law Center, the task force chair.    

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