VALPARAISO | The century-old Victorian building at 60 Jefferson St. that housed the Needle and Thread gave way to the wrecker's claw Thursday.
VALPARAISO | The city plans to spend about $4.4 million for stormwater work in 2014 headed by the second phase of the Chautauqua Park project estimated to cost $1.5 million.
VALPARAISO | The second phase of the Chautauqua Park stormwater relief project has spawned a petition battle to save the trees next to the old Valparaiso Technical Institute property.
VALPARAISO | Central Elementary School students will learn first-hand about the benefits of rain gardens next fall.
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning analysis that questions the estimated costs and benefits for the Illiana Expressway needs to be re-examined.
MERRILLVILLE | The recently installed rain garden on 54th Court provides more than an aesthetic feature for residents there.
One of the main storm drains on my block is at the end of my driveway. Wednesday morning as I stood out in the extreme downpour, clearing branches and debris out of this drain to allow the water to clear, I was reminded of a conversation with a region resident complaining about their stormwater fee.
What was formerly an island of lawn and dying trees has been converted into a rain garden, a switch that Merrillville officials hope will help alleviate flooding and filter stormwater runoff with the help of more than 2,000 native perennial plants.
John Arneson, a Merrillville environmental resources committee member, moves perennial plants Saturday into the new rain garden on 54th Court.
Kevin VanSessen, from Blade Cutters, helps arrange some of more than 2,000 native perennial plants that were installed over the weekend in Merrillville's new rain garden on 54th Court.
We use water to sustain our bodies, cook and grow our food. We use it to wash everything from clothes to toes, cars to decks. We use it to float goods to us from faraway places, and to carry away waste products. We swim, paddle and play in it.
VALPARAISO | The city expects to be more than halfway through the "Super 17" stormwater project list by the end of 2013, including the first phase of the Chautauqua Park flood relief system.
VALPARAISO | City parks officials will get another roundabout landscaping project to look after, but they also will get equipment that should make it easier to tend to all the department's flowers and trees.
VALPARAISO | The city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract Thursday with Hooks Concrete and Construction for the reconstruction of North Calumet Avenue from the Canadian National railroad crossing to Evans Avenue.
VALPARAISO | Duane Davison wanted to make some environmental upgrades to his home, like solar power, wind and geothermal, when he heard about the city's offer to install rain gardens in his neighborhood.
With all the rain we've been having, it's not too much of a surprise that the bloodsuckers are out in full force. And I don't mean vampires. Yes, it's mosquito season out there.
VALPARAISO | Letters are expected to go out next week notifying residents in the Chautauqua Park area they can begin bidding for a rainwater capture program.
VALPARAISO | The city is inviting Chautauqua Park residents to hear what's in store for their neighborhood before it finalizes flood relief plans. Residents also will have the opportunity to tell consultants if they missed any areas afflicted by flooding.
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