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Tippecanoe County puts a moratorium on drawing water from the Wabash River



Lafayette, Indiana – A nine-month restriction on the removal of water from the Wabash River for an industrial development northwest of Indianapolis has been approved by the Tippecanoe County Commissioners.

On Monday, the commissioners granted the moratorium.

The city councils of Attica, West Lafayette, and Lafayette have already approved resolutions against the state’s appropriation of their water.

On November 13, Governor Eric Holcomb issued an order extending the Wabash River study to a minimum of twelve counties. In an effort to improve openness, he also transferred supervision from the Indiana Department of Economic Development to the Indiana Finance Authority. January is when results are anticipated.

The Boone County city of Lebanon in October annexed 642 acres for the LEAP Lebanon Innovation District, which is described on the Indiana Department of Economic Development’s website as “the next location of global innovation” with “9,000+ available acres strategically situated on Indiana’s I-65 Hard Tech Corridor.”

The massive pharmaceutical company Lilly, situated in Indianapolis, revealed plans to invest $3.7 billion on the Boone County facility in April. It was dubbed the biggest transaction in the Department of Economic Development’s history by state representatives.