A group of landowners within the Haw Creek watershed want the creek placed under the jurisdiction of the Bartholomew County Drainage Board, and labeled as a regulated drain.
The change would mean the drainage board could limit development and regulate bridges and dams in populated areas.
Citizens for Haw Creek says the 2008 Columbus flood, which caused nearly $500 million in damages, added to sediment, trees and debris that are in Haw Creek.
The debris restricts water flow from the north to the south, causing Haw Creek to flood.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Republic.