The Town of
Chesterton is the recipient of an environmental grant from NIPSCO to fund a
riparian restoration project in Coffee Creek Park.
That project will
include the removal of invasive plant species in the park, as discussed by
the Park Board at its meeting earlier this month.
recipients are the Porter County Conservation Trust, which administers the
Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, for an Eagle Scout project; and the
Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, for E-STEAM in
--ACRES Land Trust,
Trine University restoration partnership.
Community Foundation, community tree canopy project.
Community Schools, pollinator garden.
Wetlands Project, urban turtle education and conservation efforts.
Council of Governments, Partners for Clean Air/Bicycle Parking Project.
Parks Department, Trail Creek Week.
Trust, environmental steward docent training.
--Sisters of the
Holy Cross, Urban reforestation and pollinator support.
--St. Joseph County
Parks Foundation, playscape native plantings.
Conservancy in Indiana, East Chicago Monarch outreach and habitat support.
Churubusco/Smith-Green Community Schools, rain garden.
--IU Kokomo, Camp
Persimmon environmental sustainability day camp.
The 15 grants total
funded through the Environmental Action Grant embody the vision of our
conservation framework,” said Brian Kortum, NIPSCO manager of natural
resources permitting. “Together with our neighboring communities and
conservation groups we are striving to be a leader in the preservation,
protection and restoration of critical habitats.”
conservation initiatives, NIPSCO is committed to maintaining its
infrastructure while protecting the environment,” the company said. “Among
other things, NIPSCO works to establish early successional habitat on rights
of way, in an effort to create as much pollinator habitat as possible.”
In its fourth year,
NIPSCO’s Environmental Grant has donated $200,000 to date, helping 59
projects come to fruition, including support for pollinator habitats in Lake
Station, South Bend and East Chicago, a youth environmental sustainability
camp in Kokomo, urban turtle education and conservation program in Fort
Wayne and land stewardship education for Trine University students in
Steuben County in 2019.
To see what NIPSCO
is doing to support the environment, visit NIPSCO.com/Environment