August 3, 2017 - 9:00 am

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission - Lake Michigan Room 6100 Southport Rd. Portage, IN 46368

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance 9:00

Introductions 9:05

Approval of June 1, 2017 EMPC Meeting Minutes 9:10


  1. NIPSCO LED light changeout program 9:15

    Bob Kramer, Purdue Northwest

  2. Dark Sky Program at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 9:55

Larry Silvestri, International Dark Sky Association

Public Comment 10:00

Announcements 10:10

Adjourn 10:15

Next EMPC Meeting - September 7, 2017


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NIRPC- Lake Michigan Room June 1, 2017

Members/Guests: Geof Benson, Deb Backhus, Jennifer Gadzala, Will Farrellbegg, Michael Kuss, Richard Morrisroe, Natalie Johnson, Michelle Caldwell, Mary Tanis, Lauri Keagle, Dorreen Carey, Maggie Byrne, Michael Spinar, Brenda Scott-Henry, Mike Molnar, Collin Simek, Sherryl Doerr, Tom Davenport, Kaitlyn McClain, George Malis

NIRPC Staff: Kathy Luther, Joe Exl, Meredith Stilwell

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Benson called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and self-introductions.

Approval of May 4, 2017 EMPC Minutes

On motion by Will Farrellbegg and second by Mary Tanis, the May 4, 2017 EMPC meeting minutes were unanimously approved as presented.


a. Grand Calumet River/Indiana Harbor Ship Canal Remedial Action Plan – Michael Spinar, IDEM An Areas of Concern (AOC) Program was established by the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. 43 areas were identified in the Great Lakes Basin as needing high levels of remediation with Remedial Action Plans (RAPS) required to be established for restoring the beneficial uses of these areas. The goal of the Remedial Action Plan is to complete management actions that will lead to the removal of the 14 beneficial use impairments (BUI) identified and the areas of concern delisting. Current management actions being performed include sediment remediation, habitat restoration and management, beach restoration, and aesthetics monitoring. Next steps include finalizing management actions for the remaining 11 beneficial use impairments by 2020, completing habitat management actions by 2020 and monitoring restoration progress.

NIRPC Business:

The meeting adjourned at 10:12 a.m.

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