Wabash River

WL property owners begin paying stormwater fee

Jan 2, 2014

The New Year means a new fee for West Lafayette residents.

It’s being assessed on homes and businesses to address stormwater issues, such as flooding and pollution run-off to the Wabash River.

Mayor John Dennis says the fee is needed to meet federal and state environmental requirements.

Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

Indiana’s attorney general is raising awareness of the Wabash River and how it’s an asset to the state. Greg Zoeller is touring stretches of the river by boat.

In Lafayette Tuesday, he talked about the threat posed by the presence of the invasive species of Asian Carp.

“There’s going to be an awful lot that has to be done to address this,” he says. “It’s a national effort. The Great Lakes states really didn’t cause this problem, so I think it is appropriate the federal government step in and kind of help.”

Nearly $50,000 will be used to improve access to the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County.

The county’s park board approved plans for a 300 foot long driveway at Davis Ferry Park and a 15,000 square foot parking lot to go with it.

Roughly 75% of the money will come from the department’s capital fund with the Parks and Recreation Foundation donating the remaining $15,000.

A Purdue researcher says Asian carp are going where experts thought the fish would not. Specifically, Forestry and Natural Resources Assistant Professor Reuben Goforth says the species are showing greater flexibility in the location and conditions under which they can spawn.

He says what’s not known is if they already have the ability to adapt, or if the fish is evolving in U.S. waters.

“In terms of their evolution, it’s certainly not unheard of for a species to be able to undergo in some level of microevolution to become adapted to new environments relatively quickly.”

The Lafayette Municipal Golf Course will officially close March 1st. The decision was made due to the high cost of dealing with Wabash River flooding on the land.

However, the Park Board decided to keep the practice areas, such as the driving range, open until June 1st. Board members say those could stay open indefinitely, if user fees cover the cost.

Park Board President Dave Mecklenburg says they will decide what to do with the rest of the land after gathering input from the community.

Lafayette projects prompt sewer fee hike

Oct 24, 2012

Sewage rates for Lafayette residents could be increasing 30% by January 1st, 2015.

City Engineer Jenny Miller says the money is needed to help pay for $33 million in storm water improvement projects.

She says the work involves separating storm water and sanitary sewers from the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds area along 18th Street up to Kossuth Street.

State funding to help keep Wabash River clean

Jan 13, 2012
Wabash River Enhancement Corp.

The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) is getting new funding for a project to clean up the waterway.

The organization plans to use $800,000 from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to continue its Watershed Planning project. Roughly half of this money will be used on improvements to reduce runoff from urban and agricultural areas.

WREC Coordinator Sara Peel says implementation should begin in March.

The city of Lafayette has collected nearly $3-million in storm water fees over the past year-and-a-half.

The money will be used for studies and projects to collect runoff, specifically into the Wabash River.

Comptroller Mike Jones says some work has already begun including staffing, purchasing equipment, and surveillance.

He says the amount collected would have been greater but the city offered a 20-percent reduced rate during the first six months.

Jones says that was to help ease the fee into place.

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