Why are natural habitats important?
Natural habitats allow for plant and animal life that naturally removes pollutants from the environment. This protects and preserves aquatic environments that are needed for drainage and recreational activities such as fishing or canoeing. They also allow stormwater to soak into the ground where it replenishes ground water tables. Low groundwater tables are responsible for streams and lakes drying up as well as problems for residents that rely on well water. Ultimately, every resident of Valparaiso relies on well water because the Valparaiso City Utilities extracts its water from wells.

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1. When do I need to hire an engineer or surveyor to complete a site plan?
2. When do I need to submit a site plan?
3. Why are natural habitats important?
4. Where should I wash my car and why?
5. When, where, and how can I drain my swimming pool and why does it matter?
6. How can I help prevent algae in ponds and lakes?
7. How much fertilizer does my grass need and why does it matter?
8. What is erosion and why does it matter?
9. When do I need an erosion control permit?
10. Where can I discharge my sump pump?
11. What is Rule 13 (EPA Phase II) and how does it affect me?
12. What are hazardous materials?
13. Where can I dispose of yard waste or hazardous materials?
14. How can I help prevent storm water pollution?
15. What is non-point source pollution and why is it important?
16. What if I have flooding problems?
17. Where can my downspouts discharge?
18. What is the $12 on my utility bill used for?
19. Where can I find information on how to deal with basement seepage?