- Stormwater Quality Management
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Stormwater Quality Management
Updated June 2023 – THE CITY’S STORMWATER TEAM WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND MODIFY THIS PAGE IN ORDER TO KEEP YOU TIMELY APPRISED OF STORMWATER RELATED NEWS, VIDEOS, DOCUMENTS AND UPDATES AS REQUIRED BY THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (IDEM) AND THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (USEPA)
Report Stormwater Quality Concerns
If you have any Stormwater related observations, questions regarding what should or should not be entering the storm drain, if you’ve noted someone dumping or pouring any substances into the storm drain, or in the case of a Stormwater drain related emergency, please do not hesitate to immediately report your observation by dialing 219.391.8466.
Sewer Debris PSA
Liquid Assets Movie
Flood Prevention Video
Stormwater Educational Video
- Why is stormwater management important to our community?
Stormwater management is directly related to our water quality, and water quality affects us all. Managing stormwater properly protects wildlife, maintains a healthy environment around us, and ensures quality drinking water.
- What can you do to help prevent stormwater runoff pollution?
- Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil
- Compost your yard waste
- Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden to capture rainwater
- Have your septic tank pumped and inspected regularly
- Keep all litter off the street and place it in receptacles so that it does not get washed or blown down storm drains
- Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
- Pick up after your pet
- Untreated pet waste can cause significant water pollution
- When it rains, pet waste left on lawns can be washed into storm drains that lead to nearby lakes and streams
- Recycle product containers made of glass, plastic and aluminum
- Service your car regularly to prevent gasoline, oil, brake and transmission fluids, and anti-freeze from leaking onto the pavement and washing into our streams
- Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the street or driveway street or driveway
- Use absorbent materials like kitty litter or toweling to soak up any spills, then sweep up and dispose of these items properly - never dilute spills with water
- Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters
- Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems
- Vegetate bare spots in your yard