By KEVIN NEVERS
There are still a few-a few-low-cost rain barrels available through
the Town of Chesterton to residents who live within the corporate limit and
pay a stormwater fee.
At the Stormwater Management Boardís meeting Monday night, MS4 Operator
Jennifer Gadzala reported that, of the 100 rain barrels available at a
reduced price of $20, 87 have already been reserved.
So if you want one, you better act fast. Gadzala expects to close the
program next week. As an extra added bonus, each person who orders a rain
barrel will also get a rain gauge.
Place orders in one of two ways: on line at
(a $2.50 processing fee applies for each barrel ordered on line). Under
Order Forms on the right side of the home page, click on Chesterton, IN
Orders forms can also be obtained in the reception area of the municipal
complex at 1490 Broadway.
All orders will be verified for residency and stormwater payment status
eligibility. Rain barrels will be available for pickup from 4 to 7 p.m. May
16, at the municipal complex. Paid receipt is required to verify purchase.
Delivery and installation are available at an additional cost.
If you canít pick up your rain barrel on May 16, please arrange for a friend
or relative to do so for you. The town is unable to store unclaimed barrels.
One inch of rain falling on 1,000 square feet of roof can yield 600 gallons
of water. Use that free H2O to water your lawn or flower garden or wash your
Gadzala also reported that she will be participating in the Earth Day
Celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Porter County
Expo Center, where folks will have the opportunity to make contact with
environmental organizations, exhibitors, businesses, and vendors who will
engage them in ways to live greener, more environmentally conscious lives.
At the Earth Day Celebration, Gadzala will be working with the City of
Valparaiso and the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes in facilitating the voting for
the winners of the first ever Porter County School Rain Barrel Design
Seven Duneland schools are participating in the contest, the winner of which
will win chairs for his or her school. There will also be second- and