Porter County Storm Water

Porter County Storm Water The Department of Development and Storm Water Management helps resolve drainage problems, improve water quality, reduce flood damage and much more to keep Porter County's water clean.
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What is Storm Water? Water from rain, snow and ice that runs off your roof, across your driveway, through your yard, and down the street has to go somewhere. That’s where The Department of Development and Storm Water Management comes in. As storm water flows over the land, it has to be directed into a ditch, stream, lake, or river through inlets and storm sewers. Along the way to these waterways,

What is Storm Water? Water from rain, snow and ice that runs off your roof, across your driveway, through your yard, and down the street has to go somewhere. That’s where The Department of Development and Storm Water Management comes in. As storm water flows over the land, it has to be directed into a ditch, stream, lake, or river through inlets and storm sewers. Along the way to these waterways,

Operating as usual

Join us for a discussion on the new Windy Oaks Subdivision project in our meeting Monday, August 9th at 5:00 pm. Plus, l...
08/05/2021

Join us for a discussion on the new Windy Oaks Subdivision project in our meeting Monday, August 9th at 5:00 pm. Plus, learn more about other projects, spending and announcements. Masks are recommended and we're practicing social distancing. Check out our topics for our meetings this month: http://www.portercountystormwater.org/203/Agendas-Minutes

Join us for a discussion on the new Windy Oaks Subdivision project in our meeting Monday, August 9th at 5:00 pm. Plus, learn more about other projects, spending and announcements. Masks are recommended and we're practicing social distancing. Check out our topics for our meetings this month: http://www.portercountystormwater.org/203/Agendas-Minutes

07/29/2021

Do you live on land? Then, you interact with a watershed on a daily basis! Watersheds are an area of land that drains into a common body of water. The topography of watersheds allow rainfall to carry sediment, particulates and pollutants from the land into our wetlands, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Watch this video to learn more about watersheds!

07/22/2021

Let's go inside the pipes of Bauer Ditch! We make sure each storm water improvement project is done accurately and optimizes drainage to the specific area. Watch this video to see the newly installed storm sewer pipe! For more information about the Bauer Ditch Drain Installation project, click here: https://portercountystormwater.org/226/Bauer-Ditch-Drain-Installation-Project

The failed drain tile is being replaced on CR 400 N! Nearby ditches and swales will be regraded to create approximately ...
07/20/2021

The failed drain tile is being replaced on CR 400 N! Nearby ditches and swales will be regraded to create approximately 200 linear feet of new swale. Plus, about 560 linear feet of storm sewer will be installed as well as three storm sewer structures. Ultimately, this storm water improvement project will keep the roads clear, providing safe travel on public roads and preventing further damage to public and private property.

07/15/2021

Where does Reeve's Ditch go? Like all ditches in south Porter County, Reeve's Ditch leads to the Kankakee River. Routine inspections, such as this drone assessment, help the Department determine if maintenance or restoration is needed to ensure these ditches are functional and not showing signs of erosion. Join us in the sky and see the condition of Reeve's Ditch!

The FES (Flared End Section) outfall structures are finished and ready for storm water at Bauer Ditch! The riprap was in...
07/14/2021

The FES (Flared End Section) outfall structures are finished and ready for storm water at Bauer Ditch! The riprap was installed over geotextile fabric, which are permeable fabrics that can separate, filter, protect or drain water runoff. Riprap is erosion-resistant and dissipates the energy of water flow from the pipe into the outfall area. Last step is grass growing time!

The FES (Flared End Section) outfall structures are finished and ready for storm water at Bauer Ditch! The riprap was installed over geotextile fabric, which are permeable fabrics that can separate, filter, protect or drain water runoff. Riprap is erosion-resistant and dissipates the energy of water flow from the pipe into the outfall area. Last step is grass growing time!

Another project completed! In the Bauer Ditch Tile Reconstruction Project, a contractor installed a 15" and 24" diameter...
07/08/2021

Another project completed! In the Bauer Ditch Tile Reconstruction Project, a contractor installed a 15" and 24" diameter storm sewer pipes along the ditch's regulated drain to improve drainage of standing water. This grate-covered inlet connects to the installed pipe that leads to the outfall. Until the soil has been fully stabilized, a silt fence surrounds the grate-covered inlet for protection. All land disturbed for the pipe installation was seeded and is on its way to full restoration!

Another project completed! In the Bauer Ditch Tile Reconstruction Project, a contractor installed a 15" and 24" diameter storm sewer pipes along the ditch's regulated drain to improve drainage of standing water. This grate-covered inlet connects to the installed pipe that leads to the outfall. Until the soil has been fully stabilized, a silt fence surrounds the grate-covered inlet for protection. All land disturbed for the pipe installation was seeded and is on its way to full restoration!

July meetings! You're welcome to join these meetings and learn more about our projects, spending and announcements. Mask...
07/07/2021

July meetings! You're welcome to join these meetings and learn more about our projects, spending and announcements. Masks are recommended and we're practicing social distancing. If you are interested in attending these meetings online, browse through our agendas: http://www.portercountystormwater.org/203/Agendas-Minutes

July meetings! You're welcome to join these meetings and learn more about our projects, spending and announcements. Masks are recommended and we're practicing social distancing. If you are interested in attending these meetings online, browse through our agendas: http://www.portercountystormwater.org/203/Agendas-Minutes

Our office will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence day. We wish you a happy Fourth of July, fro...
07/04/2021

Our office will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence day. We wish you a happy Fourth of July, from everyone at Porter County Storm Water Management.

Our office will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence day. We wish you a happy Fourth of July, from everyone at Porter County Storm Water Management.

Over 3.5 inches of rainfall in the past week! From the recent heavy rainfall, the Kankakee River may be slightly over fl...
07/01/2021

Over 3.5 inches of rainfall in the past week! From the recent heavy rainfall, the Kankakee River may be slightly over flood elevation. That means the river is at capacity and water levels in the tributary streams will begin rising. You could see flooding in the streams that branch off from the Kankakee River.

Over 3.5 inches of rainfall in the past week! From the recent heavy rainfall, the Kankakee River may be slightly over flood elevation. That means the river is at capacity and water levels in the tributary streams will begin rising. You could see flooding in the streams that branch off from the Kankakee River.

NEXT STEP: In Phase 2 of CR 500 E Storm Water Improvement Project, we will be installing a 90 linear foot underdrain! Th...
06/30/2021

NEXT STEP: In Phase 2 of CR 500 E Storm Water Improvement Project, we will be installing a 90 linear foot underdrain! This will help direct stormwater runoff and prevent soil from becoming waterlogged by laying the perforated tubing in a bed of gravel. Stay tuned to see our progress…

NEXT STEP: In Phase 2 of CR 500 E Storm Water Improvement Project, we will be installing a 90 linear foot underdrain! This will help direct stormwater runoff and prevent soil from becoming waterlogged by laying the perforated tubing in a bed of gravel. Stay tuned to see our progress…

06/29/2021

We've been using our drone to document the current state of our local streams. Watch this video for a bird's eye view of Crooked Creek! Can you spot erosion?

Looking sharp Baltimore Road! The reconstruction project in Old South Haven Subdivision is complete! All of the old corr...
06/24/2021

Looking sharp Baltimore Road! The reconstruction project in Old South Haven Subdivision is complete! All of the old corrugated metal storm sewers have been replaced with new reinforced concrete pipe. Afterwards, the road was resurfaced and disturbed areas were treated with erosion control blankets and seed.

Looking sharp Baltimore Road! The reconstruction project in Old South Haven Subdivision is complete! All of the old corrugated metal storm sewers have been replaced with new reinforced concrete pipe. Afterwards, the road was resurfaced and disturbed areas were treated with erosion control blankets and seed.

The Storm Water Improvement Project at Blarney Stone is COMPLETE! Ditches and swales were regraded to help stormwater ru...
06/23/2021

The Storm Water Improvement Project at Blarney Stone is COMPLETE! Ditches and swales were regraded to help stormwater runoff infiltrate into the ground and prevent flooding. Swales were designed with relatively gentle side slopes and a flat wide bottom, as shown, aiding natural filtration. This project also included an underdrain installation which is a drainage system that helps remove standing water. These improvements have greatly improved the storm water management of Emerald Ridge Subdivision!

It rained up to 1.63 inches last night in Porter County! The rush of rain can carry pesticides, fertilizers and other po...
06/21/2021

It rained up to 1.63 inches last night in Porter County! The rush of rain can carry pesticides, fertilizers and other pollutants from lawns, roads and sidewalks along with the stormwater runoff to a nearby stream, pond or lake. To keep storm water clean, remember to pick up after your pets, dispose of household hazardous waste properly, and throw away your trash in the garbage. Together, we can improve our water quality by allowing only water to flow through our drains and into our local waterways!

It rained up to 1.63 inches last night in Porter County! The rush of rain can carry pesticides, fertilizers and other pollutants from lawns, roads and sidewalks along with the stormwater runoff to a nearby stream, pond or lake. To keep storm water clean, remember to pick up after your pets, dispose of household hazardous waste properly, and throw away your trash in the garbage. Together, we can improve our water quality by allowing only water to flow through our drains and into our local waterways!

Now entering Ludington Ditch Arm 19 Reconstruction Project… The flow of storm water through the culvert was being blocke...
06/17/2021

Now entering Ludington Ditch Arm 19 Reconstruction Project… The flow of storm water through the culvert was being blocked by trees and other debris. After clearing the path, we reformed the ditch banks. Then, erosion control blankets and seed are being installed along the sides of the ditch to help stabilize the bank slope.

Phase 1 complete at the CR 550E Storm Water Improvement Project and already, drainage has improved! Under this step, the...
06/15/2021

Phase 1 complete at the CR 550E Storm Water Improvement Project and already, drainage has improved! Under this step, the swales and ditches were graded and the swale leads to the riprap spillway you see here. We also confirmed the location, size and depth of the existing drain tile and have installed a new inlet surrounded by riprap. Stay tuned for what's next…

Phase 1 complete at the CR 550E Storm Water Improvement Project and already, drainage has improved! Under this step, the swales and ditches were graded and the swale leads to the riprap spillway you see here. We also confirmed the location, size and depth of the existing drain tile and have installed a new inlet surrounded by riprap. Stay tuned for what's next…

Our NEW storm water improvement project involves installing a bioretention area on CR 550 E! Following our staff enginee...
06/10/2021

Our NEW storm water improvement project involves installing a bioretention area on CR 550 E! Following our staff engineer's plan, we will replace the culvert that carries drainage under CR 550 E, investigate and modify the existing private drain tile, PLUS create a new swale to transfer the drainageway to and through the property. Stay tuned for more…

Our NEW storm water improvement project involves installing a bioretention area on CR 550 E! Following our staff engineer's plan, we will replace the culvert that carries drainage under CR 550 E, investigate and modify the existing private drain tile, PLUS create a new swale to transfer the drainageway to and through the property. Stay tuned for more…

06/09/2021

We use erosion control blankets for some of our projects, such as stream bank stabilization. Seeds are embedded into the biodegradable fiber blanket to ensure they are not washed away during rain events. Once the seedlings have grown deep roots into the soil, the fabric will decompose, leaving only native plants in its trail.

Meetings for June! Feel free to join these meetings where we will discuss our projects, spending and announcements. Mask...
06/02/2021

Meetings for June! Feel free to join these meetings where we will discuss our projects, spending and announcements. Masks are recommended and we're practicing social distancing. If you would like to be informed about these meetings online, check out our agendas: http://www.portercountystormwater.org/203/Agendas-Minutes

Meetings for June! Feel free to join these meetings where we will discuss our projects, spending and announcements. Masks are recommended and we're practicing social distancing. If you would like to be informed about these meetings online, check out our agendas: http://www.portercountystormwater.org/203/Agendas-Minutes

Our office is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Let us remember and honor the many brave men and women who hav...
05/31/2021

Our office is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Let us remember and honor the many brave men and women who have given their lives to shape the history of our country. Thank you for your service, from all of us at Porter County Stormwater.

Our office is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Let us remember and honor the many brave men and women who have given their lives to shape the history of our country. Thank you for your service, from all of us at Porter County Stormwater.

Interested in learning more about storm water? Storm water impacts our daily lives and the environment around us. We enc...
05/27/2021

Interested in learning more about storm water? Storm water impacts our daily lives and the environment around us. We encourage you to dive deeper into the methods for improving storm water quality and practice proactive, environmentally positive activities. Learn more about your local waterways: https://portercountystormwater.org/223/Learn-More

Interested in learning more about storm water? Storm water impacts our daily lives and the environment around us. We encourage you to dive deeper into the methods for improving storm water quality and practice proactive, environmentally positive activities. Learn more about your local waterways: https://portercountystormwater.org/223/Learn-More

5 native plants to add to your garden this summer! Choosing native plants can provide shelter and food for wildlife, pre...
05/26/2021

5 native plants to add to your garden this summer! Choosing native plants can provide shelter and food for wildlife, prevent erosion, and reduce your stormwater runoff. PLUS, they are low maintenance requiring fewer pesticides and no fertilizers for growth. Check out other native plants you should plant in your yard or rain garden:https://iiseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/RainGardenManualRevisedComplete_8_1.pdf

5 native plants to add to your garden this summer! Choosing native plants can provide shelter and food for wildlife, prevent erosion, and reduce your stormwater runoff. PLUS, they are low maintenance requiring fewer pesticides and no fertilizers for growth. Check out other native plants you should plant in your yard or rain garden:https://iiseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/RainGardenManualRevisedComplete_8_1.pdf

Ever heard of a rain garden? A type of storm water infrastructure, rain gardens can be created in your own backyard. Pla...
05/25/2021

Ever heard of a rain garden? A type of storm water infrastructure, rain gardens can be created in your own backyard. Planting native plants in your garden can help reduce your storm water runoff, recharge groundwater, filter water naturally, provides a wildlife habitat, and so much more. Learn more about rain gardens and how to build one:https://iiseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/RainGardenManualRevisedComplete_8_1.pdf

Ever heard of a rain garden? A type of storm water infrastructure, rain gardens can be created in your own backyard. Planting native plants in your garden can help reduce your storm water runoff, recharge groundwater, filter water naturally, provides a wildlife habitat, and so much more. Learn more about rain gardens and how to build one:https://iiseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/RainGardenManualRevisedComplete_8_1.pdf

FAQ: What is the purpose of the storm water infrastructure user fee?Raindrops fall on houses, streets and businesses and...
05/20/2021

FAQ: What is the purpose of the storm water infrastructure user fee?
Raindrops fall on houses, streets and businesses and then, travel down pipes that lead to a detention pond, bioswale, or a local stream or lake. The storm water infrastructure user fee creates funding to:
💧 restore and stabilize stream banks from erosion
💧 improve the water quality in local waterways
💧 reduce flood damage by providing aid and construction of storm water infrastructure
💧 repair, maintain and enhance storm water infrastructure to improve drainage
💧 engineer eco-friendly and sustainable ways to reuse stormwater runoff

For more information about what we do here at Porter County Department of Stormwater Management, please visit our website: https://portercountystormwater.org/

FAQ: What is the purpose of the storm water infrastructure user fee?
Raindrops fall on houses, streets and businesses and then, travel down pipes that lead to a detention pond, bioswale, or a local stream or lake. The storm water infrastructure user fee creates funding to:
💧 restore and stabilize stream banks from erosion
💧 improve the water quality in local waterways
💧 reduce flood damage by providing aid and construction of storm water infrastructure
💧 repair, maintain and enhance storm water infrastructure to improve drainage
💧 engineer eco-friendly and sustainable ways to reuse stormwater runoff

For more information about what we do here at Porter County Department of Stormwater Management, please visit our website: https://portercountystormwater.org/

Save your storm water runoff for your plants! Rain barrels collect water from your downspout in an effort to help conser...
05/19/2021

Save your storm water runoff for your plants! Rain barrels collect water from your downspout in an effort to help conserve water, prevent soil erosion, and improve local water quality. You can use this water to water your plants regularly or during a drought.

Save your storm water runoff for your plants! Rain barrels collect water from your downspout in an effort to help conserve water, prevent soil erosion, and improve local water quality. You can use this water to water your plants regularly or during a drought.

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What is Storm Water?

Water from rain, snow and ice that runs off your roof, across your driveway, through your yard, and down the street has to go somewhere. That’s where The Department of Development and Storm Water Management comes in. As storm water flows over the land, it has to be directed into a ditch, stream, lake, or river through inlets and storm sewers. Along the way to these waterways, the storm water picks up sediment, nutrients, pesticides, trash, debris, and other pollutants that can impact these receiving water bodies. We use infrastructures to control and minimize the negative impacts of storm water runoff on our communities and water resources.

A typical storm water management system includes:


  • inlets to collect storm water from the land

  • storm sewers to convey water to detention basins
  • Nearby government services


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