Natural, Scenic, and Recreational River System (Indiana)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Indiana

Applies to States or Provinces Indiana
Name Natural, Scenic, and Recreational River System (Indiana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Opt-in: The Board of County Commissioners of a county containing a natural, scenic, or recreational river segment may opt to participate in a river commission.

Last Review 2014-06-13
Last Substantive Modification
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Information Source


Rivers may fall under the categories of natural, scenic, or recreational. These rivers are designated, acquired, and preserved by the state, and development on or adjacent to these rivers is limited. In planning for the use and development of waters and surrounding areas, a full review and evaluation of the river as a scenic resource will be conducted, and the environmental impact of the proposed use and development will be determined. Proposed development projects must be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources for review. In addition, the Department may choose to acquire water use, scenic, and land use easements for these rivers on behalf of the state. The Department may also elect to establish a River Commission for a river designated as natural, scenic, or recreational; the commission will manage the issuance of permits relevant to that river segment. Currently, only three river segments have been designated under this program; they are described on the DNR website.

Policy Contact

Department Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division Division of Water
Address 402 West Washington Street, Room W264, Indianapolis IN 46204-2641

Phone 317-232-4160
Phone 2 1-877-928-3755
Fax 317-233-4579

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Ind. Code 14-29-6
Date Effective 1996
Date Enacted 1995

Authority 2 14-29-7; 312 Indiana Administrative Code 7
Date Effective 2002