, we are still in the midst of a pandemic that has for many organizations put things on hold. The Northwest Indiana Green Party has scaled back activities significantly during this time. Unfortunately other political parties in the region have not been doing the same to help steer our region away from the spike. Recently we learned of an outbreak at County Line Orchard in Hobart from an alternative high school prom with over 270 students and parents in attendance. The same week at County Line Orchard was a Republican fundraiser for a local judicial candidate that also included an appearance by their candidate for Indiana Attorney General. At the event mask-less political leaders and attendees stood side-by-side flaunting our governor's executive orders. In order for our region to make it through this pandemic we ask our members to show the leadership lacking from the other parties by being the models for social distancing and face coverings. With your work to keep our region safe we can decrease this spike, save lives and get back to the important environmental and justice work of your Northwest Indiana Green Party.
August NWI Green Party Meeting - Urschel Pavilion, 63 Lafayette St, Valparaiso at one of the picnic tables Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Our August NWI Green Party meeting will be held outside where social distancing can be maintained. On Sunday, August 9,2020 at 2pm join us at one of the picnic tables at the Urschel Pavilion in downtown Valparaiso for an open air gathering. You are asked to wear a mask for further safety of those around us. Organize with us as we look to our Green activities for remainder of the summer here in Northwest Indiana. Any updates to the meeting will be posted on Facebook. In the event that there is an event filling the pavilion, we will find a suitable location near by.
Willow Creek Buffer Zone Destroyed by Developer
On Friday, July 24th a developer of an auto body repair shop between Aldi's and Willow Creek on US 6 completely cleared the property (without a permit) of the tree line along the creek. This important buffer zone helps to maintain the health of the creek before it flows through the entire length of the city of Portage. By Monday morning we had organized a major call blitz into City Hall demanding answers as to why this protected area had been removed when the site plan approved by the city stated clearly "Contractor to Minimally Disturb 50' Buffer Area". By Monday afternoon the city had Field Services on-site but the "deed had been done". Tuesday the city admitted that the clearing was done without permit and that it was a legal matter under review by the city attorney.
This entire project, an auto body repair shop next to a creek, was a bad idea fraught with significant environmental concerns relating the potential for the release of chemicals and heavy metals so close to a stream. The destruction of the buffer zone shows the lack of concern for protecting not only our environment but the health of our residents that live downstream. That is why at the Portage City Council meeting last week, your NWI Green Party demanded that as part of the mitigation plan for the destruction of this buffer zone that the city impose on the developer routine water, soil and air quality testing. Since these types of contaminates would have been filtered from the waterway by the buffer zone, the developer should take on the responsibility of environmental monitoring.
While the city is allowing the developer to continue to build on the site, it forced them to build the required erosion control measures to keep soils and construction debris from running off into the creek. As part of the contractor's making the site up to city code they added a lot of "No Trespassing Signs" but signs can't hide the illegal actions done in our city. The NWI Green Party thanks the many eco-justice warriors that called into the city hall to get them out to Willow Creek to see the damage. We will continue to monitor this situation and advocate for the our environment in Northwest Indiana.
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