The next Salt Creek Watershed Group meeting will be held on March 9, 2011 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Valparaiso Public Library located at 103 Jefferson Street in Meeting Room A.  A tentative agenda is attached.  Agenda items include:

  • Save the Dunes will discuss detention basin retrofits planned for 2011
  • JFNew will give a presentation on the City of Valparaiso’s Payment for Ecosystem Services project, which will involve an auction system to encourage private landowners to install stormwater BMPs on their property.
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program will discuss their GLRI project “Healthy Landscapes/Healthy Lakes” to reduce phosphorous input into Lake Michigan.  The group will discuss potential areas in the Salt Creek Watershed to pilot the project.
  • Save the Dunes will distribute copies of the new Salt Creek Watershed brochure, which details projects completed to date.
  • Weather permitting, the group will walk to tour a nearby pervious concrete demonstration at 4:15 pm.

Other upcoming events:

  • Porter County Builder’s Association Annual Home and Garden Expo, March 10-13 at the Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso, IN.

Don’t miss Jennifer Birchfield’s presentation “When It Rains, You Store” on rain barrels and rain gardens March 11th at 1:00 pm.

  • Free forum:  How Healthy is Indiana’s Water? A focus on how nutrients affect water quality.  March 15th, 6-9pm at NIRPC.  Don’t miss Jennifer Birchfield’s presentation on sustainable yardcare practices.
  • Save the date of April 1, 2011.  Save the Dunes and partners will hold a workshop on identifying stormwater BMPs for local university campuses.  Details to follow.  Contact Jennifer at Save the Dunes for more information (

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,

Jennifer (Nebe) Birchfield
Save the Dunes
444 Barker Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone 219-879-3564
Fax 219-872-4875



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