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March 29th, 2017

New Chicago Water Tax In Effect in 2017

Chicago’s new water tax is city of chicago sealofficially in effect. Starting with the March 2017 bill, all residents and businesses in Chicago will see a new water-sewer tax charge on their monthly utility bill.

Chicago’s water-sewer taxes approved
for the next 4 years:

  • 2017: $0.59/1000 gallons
  • 2018: $1.28/1000 gallons
  • 2019: $2.01/1000 gallons
  • 2020: $2.51/1000 gallons

This tax is in addition to the water/sewer fees that Chicagoans
already pay and is expected to help pay for part of Chicago’s
pension debt.

EPA’s WaterSense website lists some easy ways to reduce water usage:

  • Replace older toilets with a WaterSense labeled toilet:
    WaterSense toilets use only 1.28 gallons per flush or
    less. Standard toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush. Older
    toilets can use as much as 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush.
  • Replace showerheads with WaterSense labeled models:
    WaterSense showerheads use 2.0 gallons of water per
    minute or less. Standard faucets use 2.5 gallons of
    water or more.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving:
    A bathroom faucet generally runs at 2 gallons per
    minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or
    shaving can save a person more than 200 gallons per
    month.
  • Replace older washing machines with a high-efficiency model:
    High-efficiency washing machines use less than 27
    gallons per load. Standard models can use up to 54
    gallons per load.

Gabriel can also help commercial and industrial facilities assess their water usage to determine if any water savings may be achieved. Contact our Water Department at 773-486-2123 or water[at]gabenv.com to discuss Gabriel’s water saving audits.

More information about the water tax can be found on the City of Chicago’s Finance webpage.

March 22nd, 2017

Visit the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

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There’s still a few days to enjoy the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier. From March 18th – 26th, enjoy life-sized gardens, how-to workshops, and instructional seminars at this annual event.

This year’s show features:
  • 20 Feature Gardens
  • Garden Gourmet Cooking and Gardening Live Presentations
  • Potting Parties and Planting Fun
  • Kids Activity Garden
  • CARBA Cake Decorating Competition
  • Home & Garden Marketplace
The 2017 theme “Chicago’s Blooming” will spotlight all that is wonderful about Chicago’s unique neighborhoods and urban green spaces.
Visit chicagoflower.com to learn more about the seminar schedule, garden sponsors, and vendors.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door.
February 2nd, 2017

RD-925s Due on February 21st, 2017

MWRD colorAll large-commercial industrial and tax-exempt users must submit their RD-925 User Charge Annual Certified Statement by February 2st, 2017. Fines and penalties are assessed for late filings.

This year’s submission includes updated forms and worksheets.  Additionally, MWRD will be emailing all facility contacts with sampling data if MWRD sampled your facility during 2016.

If you have any questions about the RD-925 statement or need Gabriel to complete your forms, contact Antonio Tabacchi or Tim Mazurek at 773-486-2123 or waterdept[at]gabenv.com.

January 13th, 2017

Tier II Reports (aka: Community Right-to-Know Reports) Due March 1st

iemaEach year, facilities with hazardous chemicals on hand must submit Tier II (Community Right-to-Know) forms by March 1st for the previous calendar year.  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) requires submission electronically using their Tier II Manager program.  Printed copies must also be submitted to the facility’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and fire department.

Submission of Tier II form is required under Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). The purpose of this form is to provide State, local officials, and the public with specific information on potential hazards. This includes the locations, as well as the amount, of hazardous chemicals present at your facility during the previous calendar year.

Tier II reports must include:

  • Details of the types and quantities of chemicals stored on site, above reporting thresholds.  Most chemicals have a minimum reporting threshold of 10,000 pounds. Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHSs) must be reported above 1 – 500 pounds, depending on the substance. Any quantity of phosphorus, for example, must be reported on the Tier II forms.
  • Type and location of storage container
  • A detailed site plan that meets minimum mapping requirements
  • Electronic Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
  • Emergency contact information

If you need assistance completing your facility’s Tier II report, contact Gabriel’s Consulting Department at 773-486-2123 or WaterDept[at]gabenv.com.

December 21st, 2016

Gabriel’s holiday hours

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Gabriel will be closed at noon on Friday, December 23rd and all day Monday, December 26th.

Gabriel will also be closed at noon on Friday, December 30th and all day Monday, January 2nd.

Happy holidays from Gabriel!

October 12th, 2016

Drug Take-Back Day – October 22nd, 2016

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The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming up on October 22, 2016.  This U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Prescription drugs that are flushed down the drain or trashed in a landfill ultimately end up polluting the nation’s waterways.  Water treatment systems are not equipped to remove medications and chemicals, so rivers, streams, and drinking water supplies can be affected.

To locate a collection site near you, visit the DEA’s National Take-Back day website:

www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

September 21st, 2016

Air & Waste Management Association hosts its annual Air Quality Management Conference

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Join Air & Waste Management Association – Lake Michigan States Section (A&WMA) for its annual Air Quality Management Conference on October 5, 2016.

Topics include:

  • New Direction for Industry in Illinois – Alec Messina, Director, Illinois EPA
  • EPA Region 5 Priorities – Robert Kaplan, Action Regional Director, US EPA, Region 5
  • Ozone SIP Strategies
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) changes
  • Air Policy and Program Compliance Priorities for 2016
  • Emissions Testing – Common Pitfalls
  • Meeting the PSD Permit Modeling Requirements
  • Non-Attainment NSR – Offsets: Supply & Demand

Learn more and register on the A&WMA website: www.lmawma.org

September 15th, 2016

Want to learn about future swimming plans for the Chicago River?

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Real-time water quality information by 2020. Continuous riverfront trails by 2030. Thriving ecosystems by 2040. And yes, swimming.

The first ever unified vision of the Chicago, Des Plaines and Calumet Rivers has recently been released in a publication entitled “Our Great Rivers.”

Learn more about this vision at a roundtable hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at 140 S. Dearborn St, Suite 1400, Chicago.

 Speakers include:

  • Josh Ellis, Director, Metropolitan Planning Council, and the project lead for Great Rivers Chicago
  • Kim Wasserman Nieto, Executive Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • John Quail, Director of Watershed Planning, Friends of the Chicago River
  • Arnold Randall (tentative), Superintendent, Forest Preserve of Cook County
  • Commissioner David Reifman, City of Chicago Dept. of Planning and Development

Learn more and register online at www.metroplanning.org/events/roundtable/detail/378

September 1st, 2016

Gabriel will be closed for Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, Gabriel will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 2016.

August 18th, 2016

Join Gabriel for our annual Open House

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You are cordially invited to the annual Gabriel Open House, this year celebrating Chicago.

 Open House highlights include:

  • Chicago craft beer, plus delicious Chicago-themed food and drinks
  • Live music
  • Tours of our two geothermal systems, solar power array, award-winning gardens & rain collection system
  • Geoprobe® soil boring demos
  • Laboratory tours
  • Networking with other professionals in your field
  • Raffles, prizes, and giveaways
  • And much, much more!

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

3:30 pm  –  8:30 pm

Gabriel’s Chicago Headquarters – 1421 N. Elston Ave.

Guests are welcome!

RSVP online at gabrielenviro.wpengine.com/calendar/

Questions?  Contact Brynne at 773-486-2123.