At its meeting
Tuesday at Fort Harrison State Park, the Natural Resources Commission (NRC)
considered an amendment to 312 IAC 5-8-2 which would extend the no-boating
zone in Whiting, off Whihala Beach County Park’s East Swimming Beach, from
200 feet to 300 feet.
The purpose of the
amendment: to ensure the safety of participants on the “Whoa Zone” from
The Whoa Zone is an
in-water fitness challenge course recently added by the City of Whiting. The
proposal seeks to make permanent an emergency rule signed in 2017 and
renewed this year.
In other business,
the NRC approved amendments to Information Bulletin No. 2, Roster of
Indiana Animals, Insects, and Plants that are Extirpated, Endangered,
Threatened, or Rare (aka “Special Concern”), as proposed by the Division
of Fish & Wildlife (DFW). The amendments update the non-rule policy to
reflect changes that already had been made by administrative rule as well as
removing the Northern leopard frog from the special concern list and adding
the plains gartersnake to the special concern list for reptiles.
changes included adding the three species of bats that were added to the
state’s endangered species list earlier this year, Little Brown Bat,
Northern Long-eared Bat, and Tri-colored Bat; adding Rufa Red Knot to the
list of endangered species of birds and removing Osprey; and removing the
following mussel species -- Pyramid Pigtow, Orangefoot Pimpleback, Pink
Mucket, Tubercled Blossom, Longsolid and White Wartyback -- from the list of
endangered species of invertebrates because all are considered to be
extirpated from Indiana.
The NRC also
granted preliminary adoption to amendments from the Division of Entomology &
Plant Pathology (DEPP) regarding aquatic invasive species.
The first amendment
would add two species to the list of prohibited invasive aquatic plants (312
IAC 18-3-23): Starry Stonewort and Water Soldier. The second amendment would
repeal 312 IAC 18-3-21, which governs the control of another aquatic
invasive plant, Hydrilla. The purpose of that proposal is to eliminate
redundancy, as Hydrilla is already listed a prohibited invasive in 312 IAC
The NRC is an
autonomous board that addresses topics pertaining to the DNR. The NRC is a
12-member board that includes the DNR director, heads of three other state
agencies (Environmental Management, Tourism Development, and
Transportation), six citizens appointed by the governor on a bipartisan
basis, the chair of the DNR’s advisory council, and the president of the
Indiana Academy of Science. The Academy of Science president and the agency
heads, other than the DNR director, may appoint proxies to serve the
commission in their absences.