The TCPWQ is committed to water quality and promoting stewardship of resources through partnership and public education.
What is the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality (TCPWQ)?
The TCPWQ is a coalition of local governments—regulated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency—working to meet the requirements of a National Pollution Discharge Elimination Stormwater (NPDES) permit and limit the negative impact of stormwater runoff. The TCPWQ is required to meet or exceed six (6) minimum control measures for stormwater runoff:
Conduction public outreach and education in the community
Encourage public participation in project planning and action initiatives
Detect and eliminate illicit discharges into the storm sewer system
Inspect and monitor stormwater runoff from construction sites
Inspect and monitor stormwater runoff at sites after construction in perpetuity
Encourage good-housekeeping and pollution prevention techniques to limit negative impacts of stormwater runoff
What is stormwater runoff and why is it important?
Stormwater runoff is any water generated by rainfall or snowmelt events and flows over impervious surfaces (such as streets, sidewalks, rooftops, and parking lots) and does not infiltrate into the ground. Stormwater runoff often transports chemicals, oil & gasoline, sediment, and litter that exist on these impervious surfaces and carry them to nearby streams and the rivers. These contaminants can harm fish and aquatic organisms, cause harmful algal blooms, and make the water unsafe for human contact.
If you are surprised to learn that your home, driveway, or street might be a source of contaminants for the Wabash River, hopefully you will be equally surprised by how easy it is to improve water quality. Everyone can make a difference—homeowners, business owners, developers, and especially kids. Explore these web pages to learn about programs, regulations, and ongoing initiatives that are positively impacting water quality in Tippecanoe County and downstream.
Contact us to learn about opportunities to volunteer, explore, learn, and enjoy the incredible water resources we have in Tippecanoe County.