Commonwealth Receives ACEC 2018 Engineering Excellence Award

From Left to Right: Mayor David Uran (City of Crown Point), Jeremy Hardy, P.E., Al Stong, P.E., Chris Previs (Wastewater Manager, City of Crown Point), and Rachel Runge, P.E. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Indianapolis, IN – March 20, 2018        COMMONWEALTH ENGINEERS, INC. RECEIVES ACEC INDIANA 2018 ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. received a State Finalist […]

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Implementing a Stormwater Utility

Town of Selma, IN – Jackson Street Improvements Commonwealth Engineers recently completed a stormwater improvements project for the Town of Selma, which concentrated on mitigating flooding issues on heavily-traveled Jackson Street. Even with the most recent large rain events, no flooding has occurred in the previous flooding area since the project has been in service! […]

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CSO Notification Rule Public Notice Requirement

REMINDER FOR ALL CSO COMMUNITIES:  During March of each year, all CSO communities are required to file a notice in their local newspaper of highest publication as required by 327 IAC 5-2.6(1). An example of the required minimum language is included below. If you have any questions, contact Brady Dryer at 317-888-1177.   CSO Community Notification […]

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Reminder: Annual Pretreatment Report Due to IDEM April 1st

Your Community’s Industrial Pretreatment Program’s Annual Report is due by April 1, 2018. If your community is classified as a Non-Delegated Pretreatment Program, your Annual Report must be submitted to IDEM’s Office of Water Quality (OWQ). If your community is designated as a Delegated Pretreatment Program, your Annual Report must be submitted to both IDEM […]

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ORSANCO Pollution Control Standards Review

Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) Pollution Control Standards Review If your wastewater treatment facility discharges treated effluent directly to the Ohio River, you should be aware that the ORSANCO Pollution Control Standards are currently under review, and proposed changes are now on public notice through February 24, 2018. Such reviews take place every […]

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Indiana In-Lieu Fee Program for Stream and Wetland Mitigation

For Projects Impacting Jurisdictional Stream or Wetlands The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the process of finalizing an In-Lieu Fee Program for the State of Indiana, regulated by Corps of Engineers. This program, set to start in 2018, will restore, establish, enhance and/or preserve aquatic resources through funds of credit purchases in-lieu of […]

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Attention Municipalities Enrolled in National Flood Insurance Program

44 CFR 60.3 – Floodplain management criteria for flood-prone areas FEMA is requiring that all municipalities enrolled and participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) obtain permits for all projects (including their own) when work is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area. This means a permit is required for any area subject to […]

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EPA Wastewater Questionnaire Issuance Pending

Over the last several months, our Regulatory staff has been tracking the status of a proposed EPA nutrient removal questionnaire that has been developed with the intent to: Summarize nutrient removal efficiencies of secondary wastewater treatment plants. Collaborate with the State and utilities to optimize existing nutrient removal processes at less expense. Aid the EPA […]

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Great Lakes Basin Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Public Notification Changes

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently made public a final rule that will require all Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) communities that discharge to the Great Lakes Basin to make changes to their current CSO Public Notification Programs. This Final Rule is effective starting February 7th, and Great Lakes CSO Communities will be required to prepare and […]

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