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Register now for Kids Fishing Derby June 20 at Porter's Indian Springs

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton and Porter stormwater quality programs are once again partnering to hold the third annual Kids Fishing Derby, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Indian Springs Park off West Beam Street in Porter.

So Chesterton MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala announced at Monday’s meeting of the Stormwater Management Board.

Kids 6-12 will compete in two divisions--ages 6-8 and 9-12--for the biggest fish caught. First, second, and third places will be awarded.

The event is free to the public, all fishing equipment will be provided, and a hotdog lunch served, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

The number of participants is limited to 50 and folks should register by calling the Porter Park Department at (219) 921-1687. For more information and the necessary waiver form, visit http://ms4girl.wix.com/kids-fishing-derby

Note: Indian Springs Park is not ADA accessible. Also note: the rain date will be Wednesday, June 27.

The point of the Fishing Derby: not just to introduce kids to the sport and adventure of fishing but also to introduce them to the importance of clean water. Volunteering at the event will be the Northwest Indiana Steelheaders, Indiana DNR Fish & Wildlife-Lake Michigan Fisheries, and as always the Porter Fire Department.

Deluge Debrief

In other business, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell reported that the stormwater lift stations behind Val’s Famous Pizza and in the alley off 11th Street just north of West Porter Ave. performed well during the heavy rain event on Monday, May 14, when nearly an inch of rain fell in less than an hour.

Or as O’Dell called it, “a 15-minute hurricane.”

“Some roads were flooded,” O’Dell allowed, “but then the drains caught up. No drain can handle rain like that.”

Tamarack Culvert

Meanwhile, Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the board that the Street Department recently replaced an old corrugated metal culvert after a hole opened in the roadway in the area of 1050N and Laurel Creek Drive, in the Tamarack subdivision.

The 16-foot culvert was completely rotted and the roadway needed to be excavated in order to replace it, Schnadenberg said. The job was, however, done in-house.

O’Dell noted that the culvert was originally installed by the county “years ago” before the area was annexed into the town.

Outreach

Gadzala reported that on May 3 she gave a presentation on stormwater quality and water conservation to a young women’s group at the Chesterton First United Methodist Church.

April in Review

In April the Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $31,284 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $76,931.

 

 

Posted 5/22/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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