Citizens Energy Group – Environmental Stewardship (CEG)
In 2011, Citizens Energy Group purchased Indianapolis’ Wastewater and Drinking Water operations. The city’s monitoring programs accompanied the sale. The Citizens Energy Group monitors 27 sites with seven of those sites located on the White River and 20 sites on tributaries of the White River (Appendices 1 and X). Twelve of these sites have been monitored monthly since 1991 for nutrients, E. coli, and selected metals. An additional seven sites have been sampled monthly since 2004. The final six sites were started in 1998 (2 sites), 1999 (1 site) and 2004 (3 sites). A total of 17 of these 27 sites are colocated or close to a USGS streamflow gage (Appendices 1 and X). The most recent Stormwater NPDES permit, issued in 2013, includes additional site changes. Two sites were dropped due to overlap/no further interest, with two new sites and one old bacteria study site added to the sampling list. Additionally, CEG has eight sites that are continuously monitored for water quality parameters.
Muncie Bureau of Water Quality (MBWQ)
The City of Muncie Bureau of Water Quality (MBWQ) has sampled monthly five (appendix 1) sites since 1972 for nutrients, E. coli, selected metals and annually biological communities (invertebrates and fish). All five of those sites are on the White River (Appendices 1 and X). Three of the sites are monitored daily for ammonia and other parameters for which there are water quality standards. All five sites are co-located or within a ten percent drainage area ratio to USGS streamgages in order to determine loads.
The City of Elkhart has monitored six sites since 1972 as part of its water quality assessments (Appendix 1 and X). Elkhart collects total suspended solids and E.coli weekly to monthly and nutrients quarterly at these sites. Additionally, the Elkhart County Health Department, in cooperation with the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership, samples 20 sites weekly during the growing season (May-September). These 20 sites do not meet the prerequisite of quarterly samples, but highlight sites that could be leveraged to add additional samples if needed. Elkhart also has an extensive biological sampling program that includes assessment of the fish and invertebrate communities.