Porter County planning officials and consultants will be available to
discuss preliminary work that is being done on five projects of the county’s
comprehensive drainage study list.
Members of the public are invited to speak on concerns or address questions
regarding projects to mitigate drainage woes on the Damon Run Watershed, the
Bernhard-Koeselke Ditch in Westchester Twp., Brown Ditch in Pine Twp., Duck
Creek in Union Twp. and Smith Ditch in Valparaiso. The five are taken from
the study’s Top 10 priority list.
The open house will take place inside the commissioners’ chambers of the
Porter County Administration Building (155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso) from 5
to 7 p.m. A short presentation of each project will be given by consultants
DLZ Indiana, SEH and GAI starting at 5:30.
County representatives and consultants will provide the most current
information about the floodplain studies with displays for the public to
Property owners, developers, realtors, engineers and surveyors are urged to
attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about watershed
studies being conducted.
County Drainage Board President Dave Burrus, who is also leading the
comprehensive study, said engineering detail work is being conducted for all
the projects and is expected to wrap-up by the end of the year. Remedial
work may not begin until after 2012.
The county received a $100,000 matching grant from the Lake Michigan Coastal
Program to progress on the five projects.
Along with the public open house, the grant requires the county to further
investigate the quality of water in the drains.