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11-year-old starts petition against bill to repeal Indiana wetlands laws
February 1, 2021
| Scott Donachie

Companies For Zero Waste contributing writer Lindsey Berry’s eleven year-old son is taking taking a stand against a bill that would repeal regulated Indiana wetlands laws. Leo hopes his petition raises awareness of the importance of wetlands and their vital role in helping protect eco systems, preserve nature, safety and health of the environment and communities.

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Posted: Jan 31, 2021 / 06:56 PM EST / Updated: Jan 31, 2021 / 06:56 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS — An 11-year-old boy is taking on Indiana lawmakers and taking a stand against a bill that would repeal regulated wetlands laws.

Senate Bill 389 would also repeal the law requiring a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for wetland activity.

Leo Berry went to the Statehouse with his mom and his friend when the bill was first presented. It inspired him to start a petition to save the wetlands and protections for them. So far, it’s received nearly 6,000 signatures.

“I started the petition because I thought, well, it’s really important, and I didn’t want them destroyed because they help us,” said Berry. 

The bill has already passed out of the Senate Environmental Affairs Committee and now heads to the Senate floor. 

Berry says he also wants to start a petition to help regain some of Indiana’s lost wetlands.

“I think they should know wetlands capture toxins, clean out freshwaters and our groundwaters while playing a huge role in maintaining safe, clean drinking water,” Berry said. 

The Hoosier Environmental Council released the following document regarding SB 389:

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” I think that wetlands are both productive and valuable resources and are worthy of protection. I fear that a lot of people may not know the importance of wetlands, including our elected officials. I started the petition because I want to help our environment and our communities, and so I could raise awareness and educate the public and provide a way for others to help support this effort to help keep our wetlands protected.”

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