Gary Artesian Well Project Details:
Currently there is an artesian well on 35th and Chase Street, which, according to anecdotes, predates the city of Gary. Residents throughout northwest Indiana have used this source of water for over a century and are still using it today. Despite reports of a major clean up, which took place as recently as mid-January, its current state is absolutely devastating. The main objective of this presentation is to provide information to the community about the well, dumping, waste disposal, agency protocols to deal with solid waste disposal/removal and to allow positive and productive public engagement on how to best resolve some of these specific issues.
This presentation is to accomplish the following goals:
1) Education – many life-long citizens of Gary have no idea this water source exists, its age, depth, source, and quality/safety from lack of available information.
2) Protection – this area, like many others in Gary, are consistently used as a dumping site; especially because of its uniqueness as a well, some sort of protection should exist in order to prevent further dumping (and possible contamination).
3) Future – As it stands right now, this water source is being destroyed due to dumping and other potential environmental factors. The public will be advised of its dangers as well as options of how to proceed with a well that could potentially be discharging harmful water up from the ground. Attendees’ input is encouraged and welcome.
4) Link to other “high traffic dump sites” in/around the city as a means of addressing the issue of dumping and its impact on the community
Arianne Campbell was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. She spent much of her childhood growing up in Miller before moving to the Glen Park neighborhood of Gary and has always felt a particular connection to the area. Arianne received her bachelors in Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette and her masters in education from Purdue University Calumet. Additionally, she is licensed in school counseling. Currently, Arianne is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Paul H. Douglas Center For Environmental Education in partnership with the Department of Interior, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Bridges Network, where she is focusing on community engagement and environmental stewardship, particularly in Gary, Indiana.
***From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker’s presentation will begin at 6:30pm. *Mama Pearl’s does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).***
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Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome!
Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi, Cathy Martin and Cassandra Cannon.