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February 24th, 2016

Cheers for beer!

Several Chicago breweries (including a few Friends of Gabriel) won awards at the recent RATEBEERmedallion-smRateBeer Best Awards Show:

Top 100 Breweries in the World:

Local Indiana favorite Three Floyds Brewing Co.came in #4 in the world.

Top 100 Beers in the World:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Barleywine
  • Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout
  • Three Floyds Zombie King

Best New Brewery (Illinois):

Best 50 New Beers:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Rare (2015 edition)
  • Pipeworks Brewing’s The Lizard King
  • Three Floyds Amber Smashed Face
  • Three Floyds Wigsplitter

Best Pale Lager:

Best Strong Ale:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Barleywine

Best Strong Stout:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Coffee

 

Craft Beer website Guys Drinking Beer has a nice summary on all of the local Midwestern award winners, for those who want to dive in a little deeper.

Gabriel is a proud associate member of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.  We work with many brewers around Chicago to help with their environmental compliance and sustainability initiatives.

Cheers to all of the winners!

January 19th, 2016

MWRD Update meeting at Calumet Area Industrial Commission

Calumet Area Industrial Commission invites all interested parties to attend their upcoming MWRD UpdCAICate meeting with the Executive Director of the MWRD, David St. Pierre.

 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

7:30 am – 9:30 am

U.S. Bank (CAIC Office – 11th Floor Board Room)

1000 E. 111th St – Chicago

 

Cost: Free for CAIC members with RSVPs; $20 all others

 

Mr. St. Pierre will update attendees on the latest Calumet WRP improvements, disinfection, Ordinance changes, resource recovery, User Charge, the regulatory outlook, and more!

Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, whose mission is to lead industrial retention and expansion efforts of the Calumet Area in order to create an environment in which the industry will remain and grow.

Find out more at: calumetareaindustrial.com

November 20th, 2015

2016 User Charge Rates Announced

MWRD has announced the 2016 User Charge rates for its Large Commercial-Industrial Users and Tax-Exempt Users. It is generally good news for these communities.  Due to the rate smoothing mechanism worked out between MWRD, industry representatives, Gabriel, and other consultants at the Blue Ribbon Panel, the 2016 rate changes are proportional to last year’s changes, with the exception of the OM&R factor which was not part of the rate smoothing agreement.  As with the 2015 rates, the 2016 rates for industrial users and tax-exempt users are the same.

Volume rates will increase, while BOD and SS rates will be reduced. The OM&R factor will decrease by 12% – however, the decreased OM&R factor is actually an increase in the amount a User owes to MWRD since it is a decrease in the tax credit going towards User Charge.

Volume = $255.02/MG (+1.8% change from 2015)

BOD = $234.95/Klbs (-2.3% change from 2015)

SS = $148.33/Klbs (-3.7% change from 2015)

OM&R factor = $0.344 (-12% change from 2015)

  • MG = million gallons
  • Klbs = thousand pounds
  • OM&R factor: Operations, Maintenance & Replacement Factor; tax credit applied to User Charge fees

We appreciate that MWRD has listened to the concerns of Gabriel and the User community to keep the User Charge rates steady, as well as decrease the burden of the User Charge fees in terms of the total MWRD budget. Overall, Users are responsible for a smaller percentage of MWRD’s Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) fees in 2015/16 than they had been prior to the Blue Ribbon Panel changes.

If you have any questions about how these rate changes will affect your total User Charge fees next year, contact Antonio Tabacchi or Brigid McHale at waterdept[at]gabenv.com or 773-486-2123.

March 23rd, 2015

NPR highlights Chicago’s wastewater treatment system

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As part of WBEZ’s “Curious City” program, Chicago’s NPR station recently featured a segment entitled “Where Does Your Poop Go? A functional journey through the Chicago-area sewer system.

This audio story is now available online and has a companion interactive graphic about the waste treatment process.  This story focuses on residential waste, but industrial wastewater flows into the same sewer system and undergoes this treatment process by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD).

Near the end of the story –  and treatment process – these facilities produce ‘biosolids,’ a nutrient-rich organic material.

“Some biosolids that leave the treatment plant can be spread on some farmland.  These are called ‘Class B biosolids.’

If the biosolids are going to be spread in places where people could touch them – like a park or garden – they need to be processed even more.  These solids are called ‘Class A biosolids.'”

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Gabriel receives some of these Class A biosolids from MWRD for use in our award-winning garden.  We’re looking forward to the approaching Springtime weather to get our flowers blooming again with the help of this organic material.

If you want to learn more about this wastewater treatment process, WBEZ is hosting a Curious City Live podcast taping at Lincoln Hall tonight, Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm.  This “Fecal Matters” show will be kid-friendly and features both what happens to poop at the Lincoln Park Zoo and when you flush at home.

February 12th, 2015

MWRD’s RD-925 Annual User Charge Statement Due Next Week

February 2015 calendarTime is running out to complete your RD-925 Annual User Charge Statement before the February 20th, 2015 due date.  If Gabriel is completing the RD-925 on your behalf, we have been in touch with you about the information we need.  If you have not yet sent us the requested information, please email/fax/mail that information in as quickly as possible.

If Gabriel has already completed your RD-925, be sure that you have signed and mailed your official forms to MWRD, as well as any payment required.  If they don’t receive the RD-925 by February 20th, 2015, they will assess late filing penalties.

Contact our Water Department at WaterDept[at]gabenv.com or 773-486-2123 if you have any questions about this RD-925 filing.

January 13th, 2015

MWRD Seeking Feedback from Users

MWRD has launched its 1st Annual Industrial Waste User Survey to allow the User community an opportunity to provide feedback on their services.

This survey was mailed out with RD-925 forms and is also available online.

MWRD is seeking feedback on:

  • Overall satisfaction with MWRD programs (User Charge, Compliance and Enforcement)
  • MWRD personnel
  • Degree of difficulty completing MWRD forms (eg: RD-925)
  • MWRD website
  • Two most important aspects of the Industrial Waste Division for improvement

Gabriel encourages all Users to take advantage of this rare opportunity to let MWRD know the real world impacts of their policies and implementation strategies by completing this survey either online or by returning the paper survey.

January 8th, 2015

MWRD Reorganizes Enforcement & User Charge Sections

Effective January 12, 2015, MWRD will merge its Enforcement and User Charge Sections to more efficiently provide its new strategic goal of excellent customer service.  By combining the two departments, each User will have one point of contact at MWRD who will have complete knowledge of their User profile.

Updated list of Account Specialists:

Users Account Specialist Phone Number
A – Ard Max Cole 312-751-5936
Are – Brh James Bugajski 312-751-3025
Bri – Cis Saeed Farooqui 312-751-3005
Cit – Dom Anna Tchoryk 312-751-3283
Don – E Lolita Thompson 312-751-3009
F – Gf Michael O’Brien 312-751-5926
Gg – H Christopher Thomann 312-751-3017
I – K Sandra Diller 312-751-5952
L – Mer John Sobczyk 312-751-3021
Mes – Nop Carol Migalski 312-751-5924
Noq – Pan Preet Mittal 312-751-3004
Pao – Rn Barbara Scapardine 312-751-5938
Ro – Sm Valerie Young 312-751-3026
Sn – Tr Myrrick Golliday 312-751-3019
Ts – Un Ilyse Mackoff 312-751-3030
Uo – Z Patrick Molony 312-751-5951

 

Contact MWRD’s Section Leaders Gregory Yarnik (312-751-3044) or Edwin Ignacio (312-751-3000) with any questions regarding this new account organization.
December 19th, 2014

RD-925s due in 2 Months

MWRD colorMWRD’s User Charge Annual Statement (RD-925) is due on February 20, 2015.  If Gabriel is completing your RD-925, we will be in touch requesting information we need to complete these forms on your behalf.

In general to complete the RD-925, the following items will be required:

  1. Payments to the MWRD (most recent RD-113 for 2014)
  2. City or Village water bills
  3. Weekly meter readings and calibration certification (if you own sub-meters)
  4. Tax statements – specifically the 2nd installment invoice which indicates the amount allocated to MWRD
  5. Request District Sampling Data from MWRD (form to be released by MWRD shortly)

 

Failure to submit your RD-925 by February 20th, 2015 will result in fines and penalties assessed by MWRD.

November 21st, 2014

MWRD releases 2015 User Charge rates

MWRD has released its proposed 2015 User Charge fees, and it is generally good news for the industrial and tax-exempt communities.  Due to theMWRD color rate smoothing mechanism worked out between MWRD, industry representatives, and consultants including Gabriel at the Blue Ribbon Panel, the 2015 rate changes are equal to last year’s changes, with the exception of the OM&R factor which was not part of the rate smoothing agreement.  As with the 2014 rates, the 2015 rates for industrial users and tax-exempt users are the same.

Volume rates will increase, while BOD and SS rates will be reduced. The OM&R factor will decrease by 10% – however, the decreased OM&R factor is actually an increase in the amount a User owes to MWRD since it is a decrease in the tax credit going towards User Charge.

 

Proposed

2015

Adopted

2014

% Change

from 2014

Volume $/MG $250.51 $246.08 +1.8%
BOD $/Klbs $240.49 $245.75 -2.1%
SS $/Klbs $154.08 $159.72 -3.5%
OM&R Factor 0.391 0.435 -10.1%

 

  • MG: million gallons
  • Klbs: thousand pounds
  • Operations, Maintenance & Replacement Factor:  Tax credit applied to User Charge fees

 

We appreciate that MWRD has listened to the concerns of the User community to keep the User Charge rates steady, as well as decrease the burden of the User Charge fees in terms of the total MWRD budget. Overall, Users are responsible for a smaller percentage of MWRD’s Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) fees in 2014/15 than they had been prior to the Blue Ribbon Panel changes last year.

May 16th, 2014

Celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week!

chicago craft beer week logo 2014Gabriel loves beer.  We especially love beer brewed by our craft beer clients. We are proud to partner with several breweries around Chicago to assist them with their environmental responsibility and sustainability initiatives.

We help our craft beer clients with:

  • Environmental permitting
  • User Charge sampling, analysis and reporting
  • Wastewater testing
  • Treatment system consulting

As you enjoy Chicago’s Craft Beer Week (May 15th – 25th), be sure to sample beer (or cider) brewed by some of our favorite local brewers, including: Goose Island Beer Co., Revolution Brewing, Half Acre Beer Co., Temperance Beer Co., 5 Rabbit Brewing, Virtue Cider, Pipeworks Brewing and Argus Brewing.

Gabriel staff will be attending various Craft Beer events, including Micro-Waste Micro-Brew, an evening focused on sustainability within the brewing industry (hosted by The Beer Bistro, featuring reps from Goose Island Beer Co, Seven Generations Ahead, and National Resources Defense Council) on Wednesday, May 21st (8:00pm – 10:00pm).  Tickets are still available for this event, and all attendees will receive a commemorative glass, a Chicago Craft Beer Week T-shirt, and the opportunity to drink rare beers from Goose Island Beer Company.  Proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit Seven Generations Ahead.

 

To find out more about the 500+ Chicago Craft Beer Week events, visit chibeerweek.com.  Life is short – drink good beer.