Stormwater Utility is currently preparing for its biennial permit report to
the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
So MS4 Operator
Jennifer Gadzala reported at Monday evening’s meeting of the Stormwater
The report--due to
IDEM in the early spring--must cover the 24-month period between November
2015 and November 2017 and must include detailed information on the
Stormwater Utility’s implementation during that period of the “minimum
control measures” mandated for all municipal separate storm sewer system
(MS4) programs, Gadzala said: public education and outreach; public
involvement and participation; construction runoff; post-construction
runoff; illicit discharge elimination; and good municipal housekeeping.
The town is
authorized to discharge stormwater into state receiving waters--like Coffee
Creek or the Little Calumet River--under the terms of a renewable National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by IDEM.
South Shore Poster
In other business,
Gadzala reported that the Town of Merrillville is leading an initiative
among Northwest Indiana MS4 communities--including Chesterton--to develop a
new South Shore commuter line poster to be used for education and outreach
The poster, still
in concept form, will convey a clean stormwater message, Gadzala said.
September in Review
In September the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $17,655 and in the year-to-date is
running a surplus of $134,343.