Ecology Action Center Tax return

By: Diane Benjamin According to this website, EAC has a fiscal year that ends on 6/30. The return as of 6/30/2021 is available: Revenue was way down last year. The only reason I thought to look at this is because the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District paid them labeled Customer relations: That payment is […]

IEPA reportable event

By: Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District has a Board meeting today. BNWRD sends me their Board packet every month. Citizens of Bloomington and Normal are billed with your water bill and as a line item on your property tax bill. The June 26th flooding did create a sewage overflow event that required […]

Imagine merit increases in government!

By: Diane Benjamin Too often blanket salary increases are given for government employees, even for non-union. The best employees aren’t rewarded while the worst employees are. Union members have no incentive to work harder or do a better job when salary increases are negotiated for all equally. One local government agency incentivizes their employees: Every […]

BNWRD – Fees going up

By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District (BNWRD) Board is holding a meeting on April 13.  The agenda does not reflect any changes to how the meeting will take place because of social distancing. On the agenda:    BNWRD Brd Packet 4-13-20 BNWRD charges appear monthly on the water bills of any residence […]

Dying to attend a BNWRD meeting?

By:  Diane Benjamin BNWRD is the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District.  Just once I’d like to see something different in their minutes than: If somebody has been dying to attend (and probably scare them!) details and Agenda for the 4:00 March 9, 2020 meeting can be seen here:  BNWRD March meeting The reason I started […]

Sewage Talk

By:  Diane Benjamin Everybody likes to talk sewage!  Sure, let’s call it BNWRD instead:  Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District. The first plant opened in 1920, prior to that sewage was dumped in Sugar Creek.  That came from a discussion I had yesterday with Randy Stein the Executive Director and Tim Ervin the Asst Executive Director/Admin […]


By:  Diane Benjamin This won’t be the last story, stay tuned. BNWRD is the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District.  Whatever you flush they process.  Homes connected to the sanitary sewer system should be charged on the water bill AND on the property tax bill.  This is the same principle as Bloomington billing you for water […]