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Issues of Environment and Sustainability

Receiving updates from the committee

If you would like updates about upcoming activities, or action alerts during the legislative session, contact Sallie Fahey, Liz Solberg, or Cathy Potter, Co-chairs of the LWVGL Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Most recent E&S Committee Email Alert

(sent 10/13/18)

Hello Fellow Leaguers & Friends Concerned About the Environment,

  • Update: ORSANCO (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission) last week voted unanimously to table the proposal which would eliminate their Ohio River Pollution Control Standards. Thanks to all who submitted comments directly and/or wrote the governor asking him to communicate with Indiana's three commissioners. The public response was overwhelmingly opposed to this change in ORSANCO's role, which would leave the responsibility up to individual states along the river. They meet again mid-Feb, so stay tuned!

11th Annual Greening the Statehouse Saturday Nov 17 2018 10am-4pm Honeywell Center, Wabash IN.* Reminder: Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Hoosier Environmental Council's Greening the Statehouse, Sat., Nov. 17th, this year in Wabash, Indiana, for excellent sessions on Indiana environmental issues. Registration: https://www.hecweb.org/greening-the-statehouse-2018/ Agenda: https://www.hecweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/GTS2018-agenda-v1a-Edited.pdf

Many of you are active in other organizations that would be interested so we've repeated the graphic to help you spread the word.

Sallie Fahey, Cathy Potter, Liz Solberg Co-Chairs, Environment & Sustainability Committee League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette

Current action

Stay tuned for further action on ORSANCO's (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission) proposal to eliminate their long standing Pollution Control Standards for the Ohio River.

Environment and sustainability committee past events

Carroll and Tippecanoe County CAFO Workshop


Download this excellent summary: Stemming the Tide of Pollution from CAFOs, published by the Hoosier Environmental Council, April, 2018, with information relevant to both Carroll and Tippecanoe Counties.

When: Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center, 1030 W Washington St. Delphi, Indiana 46923

What: FREE educational workshop on factory farms (i.e., concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs) presented by the Hoosier Environmental Council's Senior Staff Attorney and Director of Agriculture Policy, Kim Ferraro.


Update on CSOs - Combined Sewer Overflow Projects

Jenny Leshner, Lafayette City Engineer, and Dave Henderson, West Lafayette Utility Director, provided an educational forum for the public about the Lafayette and West Lafayette Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) projects. The event was well attended and all who attended learned about the progress being made in Tippecanoe County to protect the Wabash River. Listen to the audio presentations. Depending on your browser and the app you use to listen to audio, you should find the "download" choice, possibly save or save-as the file and then open the file to listen. View the slides from the West Lafayette presentation as well as the Lafayette presentation.

Go to the City websites (Lafayette and West Lafayette) for additional information on these projects.

Group picture - CSO presentation March 21, 2017

Jenny Leshney, Lafayette City Engineer

Dave Henderson, WL Wastewater Treatment Utility Director