River Basin Commissions are established by the legislature to address basin wide water resource issues. The River Basin Commissions (Kankakee, Maumee, St. Joseph, and Upper Wabash) were established under IC 14-30. The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission was established under IC 14-13-2. The Ohio River Basin Commission was Federally authorized by the Water Resources Planning Act of 1965 (P.L. 89 - 80). River Basin Commissions were created to:
- Promote flood control
- Encourage soil and water conservation
- Improve water quality
- Increase cooperative planning and coordinated management of a basin's water and related land resources
- Support coordinated and cooperative action in the planning, development, and management of water resources
The Division of Water's Project Development Section provides technical guidance and serves as a liaison between the DNR and the Kankakee River Basin Commission, the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, and the Maumee River Basin Commission. Mike Neyer, Division of Water Director, serves as a liaison between the Ohio River Basin Commission and the DNR. Director Neyer is also the current Chairman of the Ohio River Basin Commission. The Division of Fish & Wildlife serves as the DNR liaison to the St. Joseph River Basin Commission. For further details on the State's River Basin Commissions, please contact the Division of Water.