FOWLER, Ind. (WLFI) - Benton County residents had their voices heard two months after an irrigation system caused Templeton wells to go dry.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and residents came together during a meeting Wednesday night at the Government Annex Building in Fowler.
Indiana Farm Bureau officials said they discussed having a meeting in March regarding irrigation systems, but the plan took on new significance after DNR pointed to a farmer's irrigation system as the cause when the wells in Templeton went dry.
Farm Bureau Senior Policy and Counsel Justin Schneider said they have taken note of the issues from Templeton and will bring it up to legislators in Indianapolis.
"Low water quality when the well is replaced, those sorts of things. That was a lot of new information," said Schneider. "We really haven't heard of that issue before, so it's valuable to get that sort of information. To have that discussion and see how it's going to be handled long term."
Templeton residents, like Wayne Crumbaugh, said the whole situation has been frustrating.
"Our voices were heard and I hope it goes back in the legislature and something is enacted," said Crumbaugh.
Schneider said there is no timetable regarding new water usage legislation, but he does believe the state will address these issues.
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