New Scoring System for Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plans

New Scoring System for Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plans

by Tom Neltner

Seven Indiana environmental groups have teamed up to develop a scoring system to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of Long-Term Control Plans that will be submitted by Indiana’s more than 100 CSO communities. The groups are: Audubon Society – Amos Butler Chapter, Grand Calumet Task Force, Hoosier Environmental Council, Improving Kids’ Environment (IKE), Save the Dunes Council, Sierra Club – Hoosier Chapter, and Valley Watch. Information on the system is posted at IKE’s webpage – http://www.ikecoalition.org/cso_scoring_summary.htm.

Through this system, we hope to help communities develop the plans so they are more likely to achieve the environmental and public health goals and to help residents understand how their community’s plan compares to other plans. A score of 100 is the goal. One neat feature is a table derived from an Indiana Department of Environmental Management document listing all 106 CSO communities, their scores, and their key information such as deadlines, community size, etc.. IKE is the lead on the system. So far the highest tentative score is 39!

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