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Next CARE Event:

The Citizens Advisory for the Remediation of the Environment (CARE) will be hosting a public learning session in Whiting during the month of October. This public learning session will be held as follows:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT
Calumet College of St. Joseph, Room 200
2400 New York Ave, Whiting, IN 46394

Members of the public are invited to attend and learn more about the Grand Calumet River Area of Concern. Additional information is provided below.

  • An agenda for this event will be forthcoming.

Members of the public should also consult the CARE schedule [PDF], which provides the date, time, and location of future CARE Workgroup Meetings and Public Learning Events.

About the CARE Committee:

The Citizens Advisory for the Remediation of the Environment (CARE) plays an active role in advising IDEM on the removal of the 12 remaining Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) that apply to the Grand Calumet River Area of Concern. The committee is comprised of members of local organizations, industries, and agencies who are dedicated to improving the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the area’s ecosystem.

Committee members are appointed by the IDEM commissioner and meet regularly to provide input to IDEM on the criteria (removal targets) and the tasks (management actions) necessary to remove the remaining BUIs and delist the AOC. CARE also educates the public about its progress and the status of the Grand Calumet River. Examples of CARE education and outreach have included Public Learning Events and AOC Seminars.

Current CARE Members:

CARE members are invited to the committee by letter from the commissioner of IDEM. Current members of the committee are:

  • ArcelorMittal:
    • Tom Barnett
    • Mariya Trenkinshu
  • Citizens Advisory for the Remediation of the Environment:
    • John Fekete
  • City of East Chicago:
    • Fernando Treviño
  • City of Gary:
    • Brenda Scott-Henry
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant:
    • Leslie Dorworth
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management:
    • Michael Spinar
    • Michelle Caldwell
    • Beth Admire
    • Anne Remek
    • Hala Kuss
    • Dav Parry
    • James Bailey
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources:
    • Deb Backhus
    • Maggie Byrne
    • Emily Stork
    • Carl Wodrich
  • Indiana University Northwest:
    • Peter G. Avis
  • The Nature Conservancy:
    • Paul Labus
  • NiSource:
    • Maureen Turman
  • Northwest Indiana Forum:
    • Kay Nelson
  • Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission:
    • Joe Exl
  • Purdue University Northwest:
    • Dr. Stephen Turner
  • Save the Dunes:
    • Natalie Johnson
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
    • Kristen Isom
    • Leah Medley
    • Peggy Donnelly
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
    • Dan Sparks
    • Will Tucker
  • U.S. Geological Survey:
    • Meredith Nevers
    • Murulee Byappanahalli
    • Travis Cole
    • Paul Buszka
  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership:
    • Jennifer Birchfield

CARE Workgroup Meetings:

The CARE Committee currently holds workgroup meetings approximately eight times per year. During the meetings, which are open to the public, CARE members discuss the development and status of various projects necessary to remove the remaining BUIs and delist the AOC. They also provide advice to IDEM on other tasks required to implement the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the AOC. IDEM provides notice of upcoming workgroup meetings through the Northwest Indiana Public Notices page and other outlets.

Summaries of previous meetings are provided below for public review:

CARE Public Learning Events:

Beginning in June 2018, the CARE Committee began hosting Public Learning Events for AOC residents. At these events, CARE shares information regarding the Grand Calumet River AOC program and associated projects. Members of the public are also given an opportunity to provide comments or ask questions at these events. IDEM publicizes the Public Learning Events through social media (Facebook and Twitter), local media, and other outlets.

Presentations from previous Public Learning Events:

CARE Seminar:

From 2013 through 2017, the CARE Committee hosted a Grand Calumet River Area of Concern Seminar to update the public about its accomplishments and discuss related topics.

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