Porter County Stormwater Management

Porter County Stormwater Management Help Us Keep Our Water Clean Porter County! Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water with tips for you to protect our water & make a difference!
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11/05/2020
Water Testing an Outfall

Water testing time! Part of Amanda's work, as a MS4 Program Coordinator at Porter County Storm Water, is to test the outfalls, the mouth of a drain or sewer, around the county. This process ensures that the water running from the storm sewers into waterways is pure. Watch this video to see us out in the field!

Do you wash your car in your driveway? Use a sprinkler system on your lawn?  These are just a couple of ways to cause an...
11/04/2020

Do you wash your car in your driveway? Use a sprinkler system on your lawn? These are just a couple of ways to cause an illicit discharge, which is when a storm drain contains anything besides pure storm water. Using the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) program for best management practices, we screen the water where storm sewers outfall into a stream or ditch. This tells us the types and levels of pollutants, nutrients, pH and other factors so that we can find, fix and prevent further illicit discharges.

We cover a lot of land! As a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), we are responsible for collecting and conveyin...
11/02/2020

We cover a lot of land! As a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), we are responsible for collecting and conveying storm water, including drains, pipes and ditches in unincorporated areas highlighted in blue on the map below. The grey areas are handled by other municipalities and conservancy districts. Learn more about MS4: https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater-discharges-municipal-sources

We hope you have a spooktacular Halloween, from everyone at the Department of Development and Storm Water Management.
10/31/2020

We hope you have a spooktacular Halloween, from everyone at the Department of Development and Storm Water Management.

Every five years, we collect water samples from pipes, ditches and outfalls. Why? In order to reduce water pollution fol...
10/29/2020

Every five years, we collect water samples from pipes, ditches and outfalls. Why? In order to reduce water pollution following the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, we monitor and report the water discharged into local creeks and rivers, which help locate where the pollutants, such as chemical waste, sewage, trash and oil, came from and how they were discharged. This is just one of the ways we help keep Northwest Indiana's water clean!

Did you know… There are 3.6 million miles of rivers and streams in the United States. Before the Clean Water Act of 1972...
10/28/2020

Did you know… There are 3.6 million miles of rivers and streams in the United States. Before the Clean Water Act of 1972, 60% of these waterways were not "fishable or swimmable" from water pollution. The Clean Water Act established pollution control programs, which in turn helped county departments like Porter County Stormwater Management to come into existence, to improve the quality of our valuable water resources. Learn more about the Clean Water Act: https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/history-clean-water-act

10/23/2020
Meet Chelsey Gordon

Meet Chelsey, our staff engineer! Here at Porter County Storm Water Management, she designs storm sewer systems, from ponds to pipes, to direct Northwest Indiana's rainfall into our lakes, rivers and streams. Check out what Chelsey has to say about her work!

We replaced the failed detention basin outlet by installing a storm sewer and storm sewer structures in the Washington S...
10/21/2020

We replaced the failed detention basin outlet by installing a storm sewer and storm sewer structures in the Washington Square subdivision as one our Storm Water Management Improvements projects. We also added enhancements to the detention, allowing for positive drainage of the basin and increasing storage capacity. These enhancements will reduce flooding in the streets of the subdivision, and will keep the detention basin dry between rain events.

Our South Central Storm Sewer project is nearly complete! Sod was recently laid down among a seed and erosional control ...
10/15/2020

Our South Central Storm Sewer project is nearly complete! Sod was recently laid down among a seed and erosional control blanket in other "green" areas. Not only has this project fixed the long-standing flooding and draining issues in Old South Haven, but the project has also improved the entire streetscape.

10/14/2020
Drone Surveys Ditch

Look it's a drone! In November 2017, the Department purchased a drone to help expand the assessment, inspection and data collection capabilities of our storm water projects. This video is a 3D model of a ditch in Porter County, where we will implement the topographic survey from the drone and import it into in-house design projects. Take a look at what the drone can do!

Did you know… Porter County has over 450 miles of Linear Public Drainage and Storm Water Infrastructure, which includes ...
10/12/2020

Did you know… Porter County has over 450 miles of Linear Public Drainage and Storm Water Infrastructure, which includes ditches, drain tiles and storm sewers. We have initiated more than 350 projects since 2018 to resolve drainage problems, improve water quality, and reduce flood damages. Check out our interactive map to see where our projects and storm water infrastructure lay: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/84d9284e938b4392977974dff680a572

10/08/2020
Seasons View Court: Bioretention Area

We're trying something new with this project on Seasons View Court! To resolve standing water, we're creating a bioretention area so the water can sink into the soil, instead of sitting on top. Check out what we're doing at Seasons View!

Take your left over motor oil, gasoline, fertilizers and other chemicals lying around your garage or your house to Recyc...
10/07/2020

Take your left over motor oil, gasoline, fertilizers and other chemicals lying around your garage or your house to Recycle Porter County's Household Hazardous Waste collection this weekend! These unwanted products contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. If disposed of improperly, these chemicals can travel to our streams and lakes impacting the water quality. Drop off your hazardous waste this Saturday, October 10th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Porter County Expo Center!

Bought extra motor oil and didn’t finish it? What about left over driveway sealant? Bring it to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection on October 10th at the Porter County Expo Center from 9 am to 2 pm for proper disposal. We'll take care of the rest!

Bag it, leave it, compost it! Leaves, grass clippings and other yard debris that are blown onto streets, sidewalks and i...
10/06/2020

Bag it, leave it, compost it! Leaves, grass clippings and other yard debris that are blown onto streets, sidewalks and into storm drains will eventually make their way to our streams and lakes. When the yard debris gets piled on the streambanks, it often destroys streamside vegetation that is critical for reducing bank erosion and preventing flooding.

A culvert in the wrong place. Originally, the culvert carried storm water under Division Road into a farm field. We re-g...
10/01/2020

A culvert in the wrong place. Originally, the culvert carried storm water under Division Road into a farm field. We re-graded and re-shaped the roadside ditch to help solve this problem. Then, we replaced the driveway culverts and relocated the existing culvert to the low spot so water runoff travels under Division Road to the existing ditch instead of the farm.

Have you noticed an accumulation of water lately? It's no coincidence! That's because Indiana gets more rainfall than Se...
09/29/2020

Have you noticed an accumulation of water lately? It's no coincidence! That's because Indiana gets more rainfall than Seattle. Our average rainfall has increased 10 inches in the last three years, putting Indiana in the top 30% in terms of rainfall. We are working on several projects to distribute the excess water from the streets and your yard to the streams and lakes surrounding Northwest Indiana.

Finished project! Since the old clay tile that served as a drainage outlet failed, the cul-de-sac of Calloway Court expe...
09/24/2020

Finished project! Since the old clay tile that served as a drainage outlet failed, the cul-de-sac of Calloway Court experienced year-round standing water… Until now. We installed a storm sewer along with storm sewer structures to provide a functioning outlet for the area.

09/22/2020
Meet Mike Novotney

Meet Mike, our director of engineering! Growing up in Porter County, he has a passion for protecting and enhancing the diverse water resources around the area for you and future generations to enjoy. See what he has to say about our team and his work!

Oh, the Old South Haven project… In November 2018, we undertook repairing and reconstructing the aged and deteriorating ...
09/17/2020

Oh, the Old South Haven project… In November 2018, we undertook repairing and reconstructing the aged and deteriorating storm water infrastructure in Old South Haven. Located from US 6 to McCool Road, we are improving the long-standing flooding that occurs, drainage problems and rough road conditions. Currently, we have four of the six big projects underway or nearly completed, including this one at Governor Road. Learn more: http://portercountystormwater.org/212/Old-South-Haven-Storm-Water-Improvements

Only rain in the drain! When it storms or rains, the excess water on parking lots, roads and driveways flows through pip...
09/15/2020

Only rain in the drain! When it storms or rains, the excess water on parking lots, roads and driveways flows through pipes to streams and lakes without any treatment. Because of this, contaminants, such as oils, paints, solvents, fertilizers and trash can end up in our natural habitat causing problems for wildlife and affecting water quality as a whole.

Porter County Stormwater Management's cover photo
09/12/2020

Porter County Stormwater Management's cover photo

Porter County Stormwater Management
09/12/2020

Porter County Stormwater Management

We are here for you! Drainage concern reports this year broke the record within the first 6 months. Over the last three ...
09/10/2020

We are here for you! Drainage concern reports this year broke the record within the first 6 months. Over the last three years, annual rainfall has increased an average of 10 inches and is expected to continue to rise in Porter County. More rainfall and high water levels these past few years have contributed to an increase of excess water presence. If you have a drainage concern, fill out our new survey so we can better help you: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/1397b8bc2d2f457db0bb4383855f36b0?portalUrl=http://PorterCoGov.maps.arcgis.com

Introducing our new website! We want to share with you our projects, programs, events, as well as have an updated place ...
09/09/2020

Introducing our new website! We want to share with you our projects, programs, events, as well as have an updated place to navigate permits and guidelines for landowners, contractors and developers. It's a big site, so where should you start? Check out "what is storm water" for an interactive map of our projects. Learn more about us: http://portercountystormwater.com/

09/08/2020

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Porter County Stormwater Management's cover photo
11/05/2018

Porter County Stormwater Management's cover photo

11/02/2018

Groundbreaking Signals Start Of South Haven Storm Water Improvement Projects

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 ...
12/10/2015

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter...SKIP IT! Skip the kitty litter or wood ashes: Neither melts snow and ice, and they have a tendency to get messy when it warms up. Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water...YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 ...
12/09/2015

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter...AVOID NITROGEN BASED UREA! Avoid products that contain nitrogen-based urea. They’re more expensive and are not effective once the temperature drops below 20°F. Plus, the application rate for urea during a single deicing is ten times greater than that needed to fertilize the same area of your yard. Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water...YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 ...
12/08/2015

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter...BOOT IT! Reduce your salt usage and wear boots that have a solid toe and bottom treads to help increase your grip on icy surfaces. Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water...YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 ...
12/07/2015

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter...AVOID NITROGEN BASED UREA! Avoid products that contain nitrogen-based urea. They’re more expensive and are not effective once the temperature drops below 20°F. Plus, the application rate for urea during a single deicing is ten times greater than that needed to fertilize the same area of your yard. Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water...YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 ...
12/03/2015

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter...SCRIMP ON DE-ICER! Remember, the job of a de-icer is to loosen ice from below to make it easier to shovel or plow. Don’t pile on the de-icer thinking you’ll remove the ice completely. You won’t. The recommended application rate for rock salt is around a handful per square yard you treat. Calcium chloride will treat about 3 square yards per handful. Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water...YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 ...
12/02/2015

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter...GET A GRIP! Scatter sand or even birdseed for traction. The grains won’t melt snow or ice, but they will give you more grip on icy surfaces. Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water...YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS...
11/30/2015

Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter...SHOVEL YOUR SNOW! Minimize snow and ice by shoveling, and the sooner after snow stops falling, the better. If shoveling is too challenging for you, pay a neighborhood kid a few dollars to help. Leave your children a legacy of safe, clean water...YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 ...
11/24/2015

Please SHARE! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? And, that doesn't even include what will be used on our roads and streets! Be SALT SMART this winter! Scroll thru this photo album for some easy SALT SMART Tips on how you can MAKE A DIFFERENCE to Keep Our Water Clean Porter County!

PLEASE SHARE! Help us reduce the amount of salt in our groundwater this winter by following the SALT SMART TIPS in this photo album! Did you know that if every Porter County household uses just ONE 50 lb bag of salt this winter, up to 2.8 MILLION POUNDS of it could enter air, soil, groundwater and surface water? Be SALT SMART this winter!

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