AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning natural and cultural resources.
or (c)(2) by a surface coal mining operation that is operated under
a permit issued under IC 14-34.
(4) Any other activity that is determined by the commission, according to rules adopted under IC 4-22-2, to pose not more than a minimal threat to floodway areas.
(5) An activity in a boundary river floodway to which section 26.5 of this chapter applies.
(6) The removal of a logjam or mass of wood debris that has accumulated in a river or stream, subject to the following conditions:
(A) Work must not be within a salmonid stream designated under 327 IAC 2-1.5-5 without the prior written approval of the department's division of fish and wildlife.
(B) Work must not be within a natural, scenic, or recreational river or stream designated under 312 IAC 7-2.
(C) Except as otherwise provided in Indiana law, free logs or affixed logs that are crossways in the channel must be cut, relocated, and removed from the floodplain. Logs may be maintained in the floodplain if properly anchored or otherwise secured so as to resist flotation or dislodging by the flow of water and placement in an area that is not a wetland. Logs must be removed and secured with a minimum of damage to vegetation.
(D) Isolated or single logs that are embedded, lodged, or rooted in the channel, and that do not span the channel or cause flow problems, must not be removed unless the logs are either of the following:
(i) Associated with or in close proximity to larger obstructions.
(ii) Posing a hazard to navigation.
(E) A leaning or severely damaged tree that is in immediate danger of falling into the waterway may be cut and removed if the tree is associated with or in close proximity to an obstruction. The root system and stump of the tree must be left in place.
(F) To the extent practicable, the construction of access roads must be minimized, and should not result in the elevation of the floodplain.
(G) To the extent practicable, work should be performed exclusively from one (1) side of a waterway. Crossing the bed of a waterway is prohibited.
(H) To prevent the flow of sediment laden water back into
the waterway, appropriate sediment control measures
must be installed.
(I) Within fifteen (15) days, all bare and disturbed areas must be revegetated with a mixture of grasses and legumes. Tall fescue must not be used under this subdivision, except that low endophyte tall fescue may be used in the bottom of the waterway and on side slopes.
(c) A person who desires to:
(1) erect, make, use, or maintain a structure, an obstruction, a deposit, or an excavation; or
(2) suffer or permit a structure, an obstruction, a deposit, or an excavation to be erected, made, used, or maintained;
in or on a floodway must file with the director a verified written application for a permit accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of two hundred dollars ($200).
(d) The application for a permit must set forth the material facts together with plans and specifications for the structure, obstruction, deposit, or excavation.
(e) An applicant must receive a permit from the director for the work before beginning construction. The director shall issue a permit only if in the opinion of the director the applicant has clearly proven that the structure, obstruction, deposit, or excavation will not do any of the following:
(1) Adversely affect the efficiency of or unduly restrict the capacity of the floodway.
(2) Constitute an unreasonable hazard to the safety of life or property.
(3) Result in unreasonably detrimental effects upon fish, wildlife, or botanical resources.
(f) In deciding whether to issue a permit under this section, the director shall consider the cumulative effects of the structure, obstruction, deposit, or excavation. The director may incorporate in and make a part of an order of authorization conditions and restrictions that the director considers necessary for the purposes of this chapter.
(g) A permit issued under this section:
(1) is void if construction is not commenced within two (2) years after the issuance of the permit; and
(A) the Indiana department of transportation or a county highway department if there is any federal funding for the project; or
(B) an electric utility for the construction of a power
is valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance and remains valid indefinitely if construction is commenced within five (5) years after the permit is issued.
(h) The director shall send a copy of each permit issued under this section to each river basin commission organized under:
(1) IC 14-29-7 or IC 13-2-27 (before its repeal); or
(2) IC 14-30-1 or IC 36-7-6 (before its repeal);
that is affected.
(i) The permit holder shall post and maintain a permit issued under this section at the authorized site.
(j) For the purposes of this chapter, the lowest floor of a building, including a residence or abode, that is to be constructed or reconstructed in the one hundred (100) year floodplain of an area protected by a levee that is:
(1) inspected; and
(2) found to be in good or excellent condition;
by the United States Army Corps of Engineers shall not be lower than the one hundred (100) year frequency flood elevation plus one (1) foot.