Commissioners Seek Money for Water Mandate

June 16, 2003

“A national mandate designed to improve water quality, estimated to cost $1 million to $3 million a year, has Tippecanoe County officials searching for funds.

County commissioners are considering whether to hire a pair of consultants to identify funding sources for the project, a combination of self-assessment and public education mandated by Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

Commissioners meet at 10 a.m. today at Tippecanoe County Office Building. The county has partnered with the cities, Purdue University, and Ivy Tech State college to draft a NPDES plan that must be filed by fall 2004 addressing six measures to improve surface water quality, said county surveyor Steve Murray.

A $38,000 contract has been proposed to hire policy analyst Jamie Palmer and faculty member Greg Lindsey of the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, said Commission KD Benson.”

From Hlavek, B. (2003, June 16). Journal and Courier. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana: Federated Publications, Inc.)