Storm Water Management Board
The Town of Merrillville Storm Water Management Board oversees the operation and enforcement of stormwater regulations and future planning of the Town’s storm water drainage system. Historically, Storm Water Management has focused primarily on handling the “quantity” of rain water and resulting flooding issues. Today, the Federal Clean Water Act, various state regulations, and environment best practices dictate that municipalities focus not only on “quantity”, but also water “quality”. This board will proactively encourage progressive stormwater engineering design, decreasing water pollution, wetland protection, and environmentally friendly measures to reduce flooding impacts. Examples include green roofs, rain gardens, pervious pavement, etc.
The following Merrillville residents serve on the Storm Water Management Board:
Bud Crist, President
Barbara Gholston, Vice President
Dorinda Gregor, Secretary
Additional staff support is provided by Steve Benczik, Town Engineer; Steve Bower, Town Attorney; and Howard Fink, Community Development Director. Councilman Tom Goralczyk serves as liaison to the Merrillville Town Council.
The Storm Water Management Board Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Why is Storm Water Management A Problem?
Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants that flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.