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IDEM recognizes MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala

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Chesterton MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala has been honored by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Honored, to be precise, three times.

At the Town Council’s meeting Monday night, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that Gadzala’s work has garnered the Stormwater Utility three IDEM certificates of recognition:

* For its illicit discharge detection and elimination program.

* For “going above and beyond in stormwater education through the school programs,” in particular for the watersheds and non-point source education unit at Westchester Middle School.”

* And for “successful partnerships” with the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, the Town of Porter, and the City of Valparaiso, for the 2013 school rain barrel painting contest.


In other business, Town Manager Bernie Doyle told the council that newly appointed Sanitary Utility Superintendent Terry Atherton is eager to meet members but had a prior commitment on Monday and was unable to make the meeting.

Atherton is rapidly being brought up to speed on the federally mandated long term control plan to reduce sewage overflows in the Little Calumet River, Doyle noted, and has been meeting Utility employees.

Atherton is the former operations director for Indiana-American Water Company and has a lifetime’s experience in both private and public utility management.



Posted 7/11/2013