News and Tribune

April 9, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For April 9


Resident urges building of downtown detention pond

 

In dry weather, when we flush our toilets, wash the dishes or do load of laundry, the water flows into the same pipe that takes all the flow to the sewer treatment plant. 

In some cases, when it rains, the stormwater comes through roof downspouts and either empties into the street storms drains or runs into the sewer pipe that is connected to the sewage treatment plant. As with other cities, as Jeffersonville grew in size our infrastructure needs increased. Over years, we built more houses, buildings, roads. 

The very same stormwater pipes that were built years ago to carry both the runoff from the roofs and hard surfaces and sewage had to carry the increased combination to the treatment plant. To keep the sewage from backing up into houses and buildings, the combined soup of stormwater and sewage releases into our creeks and rivers. Several years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Jeffersonville to enter into a consent decree to better manage and build solutions to keep the sewage out of the Ohio and neighboring streams such as Mill Creek.  

Knowledgeable professionals were hired to build proposed solutions for mitigating the combined sewer overflows and meet the details set out in consent degree.

It is my understanding that during a rain event the function of the proposed Falls Landing Retention Pond is to hold the storm water runoff from reaching the river or adjacent stream by backing up the 96-inch outfall. The proposed reservoir, also called a retention basin, is part of the original negotiated consent decree.

There are things the Jeffersonville City Council, mayor and residents can do to keep stormwater from reaching the Ohio River. Building the Falls Landing Reservoir is one part of the solution. 

The fact that there was $500,000 available to pay for part of a park surrounding the retention pond sweetened the project even more, but the deadline for a $500,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has passed after the council disappointingly did not take action last week on the park proposal.

It is not merely a beautification project. If designed thoughtfully with rain gardens and porous “hard” surfaces, the park provides an opportunity to infiltrate additional stormwater plus offer an attractive entrance to Jeffersonville.

 

— Phyllis Croce, Jeffersonville

 

Chair reminds of a life-saving event

 

We have seen many changes take place in politics and our economy. However one constant is that many people are battling cancer and many others are supporting their loved ones each and every day. 

These realities make dollars donated and hours volunteered to the American Cancer Society in Floyd County so important.

Local volunteers are a huge part of the nationwide effort to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. But additional volunteers are needed to help in this effort. Plans are underway for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Floyd County, set for June 7 and 8 at New Albany High School (Clark County’s event comes first, May 17-18 at Charlestown High School).

Money raised at Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society’s mission of helping people stay well and get well, finding cures and fighting back against cancer. Relay For Life supports the Society’s vital research efforts, as well as programs for patients including transportation assistance and free lodging at Hope Lodge facilities. Relay For Life also makes it possible for the American Cancer Society to provide helpful information on cancer, treatments, support services and more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-227-2345 and cancer.org.

Now is the time for Southern Indiana individuals, families, groups, churches and businesses to join in the fight against cancer through Relay For Life. Celebrate those survivors. Remember those loved ones no longer here. Pledge to fight back against this disease. Form a team and volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life today. Call 1-800-227-2345 or visit relayforlife.org/floydin for more information on local opportunities.

— Jan McCauley, Relay For Life of Floyd County event chair