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 seemingly incessant rain last week provided the first test of Valparaiso's combined sewer overflow disinfection facility.
VALPARAISO | It was a first in the 18 years Steve Poulos has worked for the city's wastewater treatment plant, and it might have been a first in the almost 60-year history of the facility.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is hosting a public hearing Thursday on draft permits for BP Products North America Inc.'s Whiting Refinery.
Offering perspective on today's issues
Valparaiso's new stormwater detention basin, currently under construction, is symbolic of the new attitude toward the environment in Northwest Indiana. Working together, environmentalists, government officials and industry can accomplish common goals.
VALPARAISO | Detention basins aren't just for temporarily storing stormwater anymore.
SAUK VILLAGE | Sauk Village resident Mark Brown held up a glass jar full of thick, brownish liquid that looked like twice-cooked coffee.
We want to make sure Northwest Indiana residents receive accurate information about Indiana’s efforts to address mercury and PCBs in our waterways.
Valparaiso is working to end the release of untreated sewage into Salt Creek, most recently through the opening of a new combined sewer overflow disinfection facility. It's a welcome development.
VALPARAISO | Bring on the rain!
VALPARAISO | A theoretically endless supply of free water for lawns, gardens or car washing is available to Valparaiso residents for the $20 cost of a rain barrel.
I’ve written a lot about stormwater runoff and ways to protect it. Today I’m thinking about the water underneath the ground and how the two are connected.
GARY | City officials are reaching out to residents to help them understand why the fees associated with the Gary Storm Water Management District are higher this year than on tax bills in years past.
VALPARAISO | It was the kind of science a bunch of fifth-graders really could appreciate: poking around in creek water for snails, worms and creepy-crawly things.
The old Bing Crosby standard "Pennies from Heaven" reminds us that rain falling from the sky is valuable and that clouds and showers now lead to sunshine and flowers later. The song recommends turning your umbrella upside down to catch this treasure.
LAKE STATION | The City Council is poised to approve a first-time stormwater management fee, Mayor Keith Soderquist said.
Are you a stormwater pollution skeptic? Do you tend to think that all the talk about runoff causing water pollution is just an urban legend designed to distract us from more important topics?
Last fall, Washington, D.C. kicked off its largest public works project in more than 40 years, and we are envious. The project cuts 16 miles of underground tunnels to prevent overflow sewage and stormwater from running into the Potomac River. They understand the river is not a cesspool, but …
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is hosting a Dec. 15 public hearing on the draft proposal it approved for the BP Whiting Refinery to deviate from current rules on how much mercury can be in its wastewater discharge.
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