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Town MS4 program up for IDEM review in 2018

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Chesterton 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 Management Board.

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 efforts.

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.

 

 

Posted 10/18/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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