As future growth and infrastructure improvements occur in the City of Lafayette, the City has committed to promoting sustainable economic development, securing the preservation of its historic assets, and supporting its Sustainability Plan for Lafayette owned and maintained infrastructure through the implementation of more sustainable urban streetscapes and a “complete project” approach. Like many cities and towns established in or before the early 20th Century, the older parts of Lafayette contain combined sewer systems, which are designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater through the same pipes. According to the Long Term Control Plan (LTCP), Lafayette’s combined sewer service area comprises approximately 3,800 acres and is divided among 12 combined sewer overflow districts with 11 permitted overflow outfalls.
Recognizing that combined sewer overflow (CSOs) events create impairments to public health, the environment, and community aesthetics, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released a CSO Control Policy in 1994 (USEPA, 1994), outlining steps to reduce CSO events. CSO communities were required to develop LTCP to characterize their wet weather discharges and evaluate measures that would enable them to attain compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA). Subsequently, the USEPA has entered into a collaborative agreement with numerous State and Federal organizations to promote the use of Stormwater Quality Elements (SWQE) as a prominent approach to CSO abatement (USEPA et al., 2007). By decreasing peak flows and volumes to the combined sewer system, incorporation of SWQE may mitigate the need for future improvements associated with the LTCP and free up capacity for future development, lessening the demand for additional infrastructure that often goes hand in hand with economic growth.
As future growth occurs, the City is committed to the promotion and use of SWQE techniques to improve sustainability, as well as economic and aesthetic conditions. There are strong economic arguments for the protection and enhancement of urban green space and natural open space, and for the implementation of SWQE methodologies to achieve multiple goals. Beyond the intrinsic environmental, public health and recreation benefits, urban green space has a positive impact on real estate values, leading to increased municipal revenues, and reduces the costs of infrastructure development. This sustainability based approach to project design and management is known as the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach.
The efforts of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation focus on improving environmental and economic conditions in the Greater Lafayette Region and the Wabash River Corridor in a sustainable manner. The Wabash River is the heart of the people of Greater Lafayette. It provides a recreational focus. It provides aesthetic beauty and is a vital component of our economy. The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation provides you with the opportunity to make the right decision for the river. Volunteer, recreate, plan, enjoy…the Wabash River.
Historic Jefferson was one of the first neighborhoods annexed by the city during the 1830s. It became home to many immigrants, especially from Germany, who were drawn to this town by employment opportunities spurred on by the railroad, river and the canal. Although it has always been a primarily working class neighborhood, it boasts a variety of architectural styles as well as a brick-paved street running east to west on North Street. No through streets bisect the neighborhood, however, two major arteries, 9th Street and Union Street, set boundaries on two sides. Our neighborhood contains the former Washington Elementary School. It also has two churches and a wide array of commercial businesses, especially on its periphery.
The Historic Jefferson Neighborhood Association, Historic Jefferson, formed because of our love for the area in which we live. We want to see it continue to prosper. In order to do so, we have formed an organization that is built around simple neighborliness using a proactive approach, giving us a solid foundation that will allow us to accomplish our goals.
The Historic Centennial Neighborhood Association is an organization of individuals who are concerned about the future of the Centennial Neighborhood Historic District. The purpose of this association is to interest residents, property owners, public agencies, institutions, and businesses in rejuvenating and beautifying the area. The association meets several times throughout the year and sponsors special events each year such as neighborhood block parties and tours.
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and arts council for fourteen counties. TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved communities and at-risk youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region-wide. Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of arts.
Faith Based Organizations
6. Brown Street United Methodist