Community must police erosion if state cannot

A recent Evansville case reminds us how important it is to be watchful of construction sites and runoff.

State regulators ordered a southwestern Indiana developer to halt work on part of a housing subdivision because construction runoff has damaged a stream and wetland area, said a news story distributed by The Associated Press.

Too many times in northeast Indiana we have seen instances where construction projects great and small have lacked proper measures to contain soil on a job site. And if a rainfall like we experienced last week comes rolling through, soil can go washing away to our streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes in almost an instant.

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