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.

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,

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Leaves are starting to fall. We ask you to bag or compost your yard waste instead of blowing it into the streets, sidewa...
10/26/2021

Leaves are starting to fall. We ask you to bag or compost your yard waste instead of blowing it into the streets, sidewalks, and storm drains. When yard waste, like leaves and grass clippings, makes it through a storm sewer and into a lake, it adds excess nutrients to the water, causing potentially-toxic algae blooms, reduces and degrades fish and wildlife habitats, and decreases water quality. Help us keep these fallen leaves from entering our waterways and together, we can keep our water clean!

Leaves are starting to fall. We ask you to bag or compost your yard waste instead of blowing it into the streets, sidewalks, and storm drains. When yard waste, like leaves and grass clippings, makes it through a storm sewer and into a lake, it adds excess nutrients to the water, causing potentially-toxic algae blooms, reduces and degrades fish and wildlife habitats, and decreases water quality. Help us keep these fallen leaves from entering our waterways and together, we can keep our water clean!

Ludington Ditch Arm 19, Phase 1 drain tile reconstruction is in progress! Previously, this failed system could not conve...
10/25/2021

Ludington Ditch Arm 19, Phase 1 drain tile reconstruction is in progress! Previously, this failed system could not convey storm water and caused flooding for the surrounding property owners. The new storm sewer pipe has been installed with a flared end section and riprap shown below, which will enhance the drainage and storm water management services. Keep an eye out for more updates!

Ludington Ditch Arm 19, Phase 1 drain tile reconstruction is in progress! Previously, this failed system could not convey storm water and caused flooding for the surrounding property owners. The new storm sewer pipe has been installed with a flared end section and riprap shown below, which will enhance the drainage and storm water management services. Keep an eye out for more updates!

10/21/2021

Ribbon cutting at Squirrel Creek! Thank you U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District for your assistance in the plan, design and construction of the Squirrel Creek Diversion Improvement Project. This project involved expanding the capacity of sewer lines between Squirrel Creek and the retention basin of South Haven Elementary School. After 800 linear feet of ditch improvements and 1,200 feet of 54" relief storm sewer, this project is complete. Take a look at the speech from the Army Corps and the ribbon cutting moment. Visit https://portercountystormwater.org/236/Squirrel-Creek-Diversion-Improvement-Pro to learn more.

IDDE outfall screening begins! For the IDDE (Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination) program, we will be investigat...
10/20/2021

IDDE outfall screening begins! For the IDDE (Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination) program, we will be investigating outfalls, like this one, in unincorporated Porter County to search for illicit discharges. When it's dry season (no rain), outfall dry screening is conducted to check any active flows for illicit discharges, such as sewage, garbage, oil, nutrients, and other chemicals. Investigating these outfalls keeps the downstream receiving waters safe from possible pollutants. Stay tuned to learn how we investigate these outfalls!

IDDE outfall screening begins! For the IDDE (Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination) program, we will be investigating outfalls, like this one, in unincorporated Porter County to search for illicit discharges. When it's dry season (no rain), outfall dry screening is conducted to check any active flows for illicit discharges, such as sewage, garbage, oil, nutrients, and other chemicals. Investigating these outfalls keeps the downstream receiving waters safe from possible pollutants. Stay tuned to learn how we investigate these outfalls!

Friday's Trunk or Treat Event was a blast! With over 300 trick or treaters showing up, we ran out of coloring books!  Ed...
10/19/2021

Friday's Trunk or Treat Event was a blast! With over 300 trick or treaters showing up, we ran out of coloring books! Educating the public, even the little ones, is an important part of Porter County Storm Water. And it just so happened to be raining as we shared the story of where a raindrop goes. The answer is back into our streams, creeks and lakes! If anyone wishes to have a copy of “Splash’s Incredible Journey”, stop by our office at the Porter County administration building. Thanks to all who participated, the Porter County Parks and Recreation and Sunset Hill Farm for having this fun event!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Over the past year, the Porter County Department of Development & Storm Water Management has been conducti...
10/14/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Over the past year, the Porter County Department of Development & Storm Water Management has been conducting a detailed evaluation of the storm water infrastructure serving the Shorewood Forest subdivision. This study is providing the Department with a better understanding of the storm water drainage infrastructure serving this neighborhood, identifying drainage and storm water management problems, and outlining a plan for completing necessary maintenance activities and capital improvement projects.

One of the final steps in the development of the study is to meet with the residents in the subdivision to report on the work we have completed to date and to hear about your concerns regarding existing storm water and drainage issues, particularly those that we may have not yet identified. Public outreach and education is an important part of all that we do here at Porter County Storm Water.

Please join us at either of the public outreach meetings for the Shorewood Forest subdivision so you can share with us and learn more about the existing storm water infrastructure serving your subdivision.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Over the past year, the Porter County Department of Development & Storm Water Management has been conducting a detailed evaluation of the storm water infrastructure serving the Shorewood Forest subdivision. This study is providing the Department with a better understanding of the storm water drainage infrastructure serving this neighborhood, identifying drainage and storm water management problems, and outlining a plan for completing necessary maintenance activities and capital improvement projects.

One of the final steps in the development of the study is to meet with the residents in the subdivision to report on the work we have completed to date and to hear about your concerns regarding existing storm water and drainage issues, particularly those that we may have not yet identified. Public outreach and education is an important part of all that we do here at Porter County Storm Water.

Please join us at either of the public outreach meetings for the Shorewood Forest subdivision so you can share with us and learn more about the existing storm water infrastructure serving your subdivision.

4 days until the Trunk or Treat & Movie Night event hosted by Porter County Parks and Recreation ! Our MS4 Coordinator w...
10/12/2021

4 days until the Trunk or Treat & Movie Night event hosted by Porter County Parks and Recreation ! Our MS4 Coordinator will be there handing out candy and these coloring books. We hope family and friends come out to Sunset Hill Farm Park this Friday, October 15th for the Trunk or Treat from 4 pm to 6 pm. Be sure to stop and say "hi" to our MS4 Coordinator, dressed up as a rain cloud!

For more details about the event, visit portercountyparks.org/trunk-or-treat.

4 days until the Trunk or Treat & Movie Night event hosted by Porter County Parks and Recreation ! Our MS4 Coordinator will be there handing out candy and these coloring books. We hope family and friends come out to Sunset Hill Farm Park this Friday, October 15th for the Trunk or Treat from 4 pm to 6 pm. Be sure to stop and say "hi" to our MS4 Coordinator, dressed up as a rain cloud!

For more details about the event, visit portercountyparks.org/trunk-or-treat.

Heads up! Have you seen this large truck stopping at your local catch basins? The Porter County Highway Department is cl...
10/07/2021

Heads up! Have you seen this large truck stopping at your local catch basins? The Porter County Highway Department is cleaning storm sewer structures with this Industrial Vacuum Truck AKA “vac truck”. This vehicle has a large vacuum-like pump and tank that take the old leaves, rocks, sediment, and other debris out of the catch basin.

Heads up! Have you seen this large truck stopping at your local catch basins? The Porter County Highway Department is cleaning storm sewer structures with this Industrial Vacuum Truck AKA “vac truck”. This vehicle has a large vacuum-like pump and tank that take the old leaves, rocks, sediment, and other debris out of the catch basin.

Windy Oaks subdivision improvements are now in the restoration phase. The detention basin, overland swale, and driveway ...
10/06/2021

Windy Oaks subdivision improvements are now in the restoration phase. The detention basin, overland swale, and driveway culverts have been reconstructed to allow for proper drainage and enough storage during large rain events.

Windy Oaks subdivision improvements are now in the restoration phase. The detention basin, overland swale, and driveway culverts have been reconstructed to allow for proper drainage and enough storage during large rain events.

09/30/2021

New technology is increasing the longevity of our Porter County bridges, lasting over 100 years! This bridge was built with hot-dipped galvanized steel beams. This means that the beams are submerged in a bath of molten hot zinc in order to prevent corrosion. Watch to see molten zinc in action and learn more about this technique!

09/28/2021

Mixing soil at CR 550 E! The installation of a bioretention area uses soil, native plants and microbes to naturally treat stormwater before it is infiltrated. We create shallow depressions that are filled with a mixture of different soils and are topped with a thick layer of mulch to allow for healthy plant growth and water infiltration. How do the soils become properly mixed? Watch to find out!

Sunnybrooke Subdivision Improvements are fully restored! This small stream was intercepted previously by the Sunnybrook ...
09/27/2021

Sunnybrooke Subdivision Improvements are fully restored! This small stream was intercepted previously by the Sunnybrook Subdivision detention pond. We diverted this stream around the detention pond through a combination of storm sewer and swale. Now, the water has a clear flow route within the new storm sewer and fully-restored creek banks!

Sunnybrooke Subdivision Improvements are fully restored! This small stream was intercepted previously by the Sunnybrook Subdivision detention pond. We diverted this stream around the detention pond through a combination of storm sewer and swale. Now, the water has a clear flow route within the new storm sewer and fully-restored creek banks!

Throwback Thursday! In 2019, bridge #126 was reconstructed on 700 N. In dire need of replacement, the bridge did not hav...
09/23/2021

Throwback Thursday! In 2019, bridge #126 was reconstructed on 700 N. In dire need of replacement, the bridge did not have enough clearance above the creek for proper flow. This caused years of deterioration and flood overtopping the road surface during large rain events. Stay tuned to learn about a new method we used on the bridge, featuring steel beams!

Throwback Thursday! In 2019, bridge #126 was reconstructed on 700 N. In dire need of replacement, the bridge did not have enough clearance above the creek for proper flow. This caused years of deterioration and flood overtopping the road surface during large rain events. Stay tuned to learn about a new method we used on the bridge, featuring steel beams!

09/22/2021

Meet our Right-of-Way Manager, Rob Goodman. He oversees right-of-way (ROW) permits, which grant a person or company temporary permission for specific land access or usage. The ROW is publicly-owned space, typically used for public infrastructure such as roads, drainage, and bridges. The permissions granted may include utility work, paving driveways, new road construction, or installing a field drive. If you're looking for a permit, contact us at (219) 465-3574 or visit our website for more information: https://portercountystormwater.org/

09/16/2021

15,000 vehicles travel on Willowcreek Road each day! Join our Senior Highway Engineer for Porter County, Matt Gavelek, on Willowcreek Road in Portage to learn more about his responsibilities, the full life-cycle maintenance of the transportation infrastructure, and the ongoing Willowcreek Bridge maintenance project that is happening right now. Skip ahead to a certain part or watch the whole video! 👇👇👇
0:00 - 0:35 Meet Matt Gavelek
0:36 - 1:40 Life-Cycle of Infrastructure
1:41 - 3:00 Willowcreek Bridge Maintenance Project
3:01 - 3:50 What is Sounding?

FUN FACT: There are 132 bridges and 800 miles of roadway under the jurisdiction of the Porter County Highway Engineering...
09/15/2021

FUN FACT: There are 132 bridges and 800 miles of roadway under the jurisdiction of the Porter County Highway Engineering Department. Transportation infrastructure, like bridges and roadways, are used by residents and visitors who travel through Porter County and must be regularly maintained for safety reasons.

FUN FACT: There are 132 bridges and 800 miles of roadway under the jurisdiction of the Porter County Highway Engineering Department. Transportation infrastructure, like bridges and roadways, are used by residents and visitors who travel through Porter County and must be regularly maintained for safety reasons.

Did you know… The Porter County road system functions like a grid system. The x-axis and y-axis are represented by Merid...
09/09/2021

Did you know… The Porter County road system functions like a grid system. The x-axis and y-axis are represented by Meridian/Smoke Road and Division Road shown on the map below. From there, the county roads and addresses on these roads are in correlation to how many miles they are away from the center, which is close to Valparaiso. For example, if you travel four miles east and five miles north of the center, you will arrive at the intersection of County Road 400 East and County Road 500 North. Thinking of Valparaiso as the center of the county, you can tell how far away something is by how high the number is. The higher the number, the further away from Valparaiso you are.

Did you know… The Porter County road system functions like a grid system. The x-axis and y-axis are represented by Meridian/Smoke Road and Division Road shown on the map below. From there, the county roads and addresses on these roads are in correlation to how many miles they are away from the center, which is close to Valparaiso. For example, if you travel four miles east and five miles north of the center, you will arrive at the intersection of County Road 400 East and County Road 500 North. Thinking of Valparaiso as the center of the county, you can tell how far away something is by how high the number is. The higher the number, the further away from Valparaiso you are.

Our office will be closed today in observance of Labor Day. We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day, from all of us at Po...
09/06/2021

Our office will be closed today in observance of Labor Day. We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day, from all of us at Porter County Department of Development and Storm Water Management.

Our office will be closed today in observance of Labor Day. We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day, from all of us at Porter County Department of Development and Storm Water Management.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We'll be holding four public meetings this month for the residents of each Greater South Haven subdivision...
09/02/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: We'll be holding four public meetings this month for the residents of each Greater South Haven subdivision to share information on the storm water infrastructure. Over the past year, we have been conducting a detailed evaluation of the storm water infrastructure serving New South Haven, Coventry, and Salt Creek Valley Commons subdivisions. This study is providing the Department with a better understanding of the storm water drainage infrastructure serving these neighborhoods, identifying drainage and storm water management problems, and outlining a plan for completing necessary maintenance activities and capital improvement projects.

At each of the meetings, we will report out on the work we have completed to date and listen to your concerns regarding existing storm water and drainage issues, particularly those that we may have not yet identified. Please, join us at the public outreach meeting for your Greater South Haven subdivision so you can share with us and learn more about the existing storm water infrastructure serving your subdivision.

Visit our schedule page to learn more: https://portercountystormwater.org/calendar.aspx?CID=14

ANNOUNCEMENT: We'll be holding four public meetings this month for the residents of each Greater South Haven subdivision to share information on the storm water infrastructure. Over the past year, we have been conducting a detailed evaluation of the storm water infrastructure serving New South Haven, Coventry, and Salt Creek Valley Commons subdivisions. This study is providing the Department with a better understanding of the storm water drainage infrastructure serving these neighborhoods, identifying drainage and storm water management problems, and outlining a plan for completing necessary maintenance activities and capital improvement projects.

At each of the meetings, we will report out on the work we have completed to date and listen to your concerns regarding existing storm water and drainage issues, particularly those that we may have not yet identified. Please, join us at the public outreach meeting for your Greater South Haven subdivision so you can share with us and learn more about the existing storm water infrastructure serving your subdivision.

Visit our schedule page to learn more: https://portercountystormwater.org/calendar.aspx?CID=14

CR 400 N went from flooded to functional! The drain tile that caused roadway and driveway flooding conditions, has been ...
08/31/2021

CR 400 N went from flooded to functional! The drain tile that caused roadway and driveway flooding conditions, has been replaced with a new storm sewer and storm sewer structures. Now in the restoration phase, the infrastructure improvements will help keep the roads clear, allowing for safe travel on public roads, and prevent further damage to public and private property.

CR 400 N went from flooded to functional! The drain tile that caused roadway and driveway flooding conditions, has been replaced with a new storm sewer and storm sewer structures. Now in the restoration phase, the infrastructure improvements will help keep the roads clear, allowing for safe travel on public roads, and prevent further damage to public and private property.

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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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