Water Quality Workshops
Porter County residents who live in the Lake Michigan watershed are eligible for a rain barrel when they attend one of the water quality workshops listed below. Bring the family! Children will enjoy fun and educational activities provided by our school educator, Ms. Allison. You must apply below to attend.
The Lake Michigan watershed is located in the striped area of the map on the right. If you cannot tell from the image if your home is in the watershed, download this PDF version, which is larger.
Rain barrels are free to the first 20 homeowners living in the water shed who apply on each date; the next 10 applicants on each date will have the opportunity to buy a rain barrel at $39, which is discounted $20 off the retail $59 price.
Only one barrel allowed per address. Download a flyer!
Apply to attend a 6 p.m. workshop by selecting a date below:
- Tuesday, March 14, Woodland Park Oakwood Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage
- FILLED: Tuesday, March 21, Immanuel Lutheran School gymnasium, 1700 Monticello Park Dr, Valparaiso
- Wednesday, March 22, Westchester Public Library, 200 W Indiana Ave, Chesterton
Residents will learn about:
- Nonpoint source pollution
- Best practices to reduce your impact on the watershed
- Maintaining healthy lawns for water quality
- Rain barrels
- Native plants
- Rain gardens
- and more!
Once residents have applied, district staff will confirm residents’ addresses are located in the Lake Michigan watershed. Residents will be informed as to whether they qualify for the free or discounted barrel.
Barrels will be supplied by Upcycle Products, Inc. The barrels were once used to ship pickles and olives overseas. The company repurposed them into rain barrels.
If you confirmed attendance at a workshop but could not attend, you will forfeit your rain barrel. You must come to the workshop with a vehicle large enough to transport the rain barrel. No deliveries will be made.
Funding for this program was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.