Several Chicago breweries (including a few Friends of Gabriel) won awards at the recent RateBeer 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!
Calumet Area Industrial Commission invites all interested parties to attend their upcoming MWRD Update 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
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.
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.'”
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.
Time 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.
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.
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:
|A – Ard
|Are – Brh
|Bri – Cis
|Cit – Dom
|Don – E
|F – Gf
|Gg – H
|I – K
|L – Mer
|Mes – Nop
|Noq – Pan
|Pao – Rn
|Ro – Sm
|Sn – Tr
|Ts – Un
|Uo – Z
Contact MWRD’s Section Leaders Gregory Yarnik (312-751-3044) or Edwin Ignacio (312-751-3000) with any questions regarding this new account organization.
MWRD’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:
- Payments to the MWRD (most recent RD-113 for 2014)
- City or Village water bills
- Weekly meter readings and calibration certification (if you own sub-meters)
- Tax statements – specifically the 2nd installment invoice which indicates the amount allocated to MWRD
- 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.
MWRD has released its proposed 2015 User Charge fees, and it is generally good news for the industrial and tax-exempt communities. Due to the 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.
- 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.
Gabriel 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.