The Tunnel Works Program represents a major part of Fort Wayne's efforts to implement the 2008 Long-Term Control Plan and associated Consent Decree with the US Environmental Protection Agency. The premier project - the deep rock tunnel - will be constructed in the bedrock deep below the city. The tunnel will collect and transport sewage from the combined sewer system to the sewage treatment plant. This sewage would otherwise discharge (overflow) into the rivers when it rains.  

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Residents can do a lot to help reduce runoff amounts and prevent pollution to the rivers. When it rains, rainwater runs across rooftops, lawns, driveways, and streets, picking up whatever it comes into contact with (fertilizers, pet waste, oils, insecticides, etc.). Small household change across hundreds of homes can create big positive impacts for water quality. Learn more and take an action pledge at Residents and business properties can also help reduce the amount of runoff water entering sewer systems and rivers by installing rain gardens - Learn more at

There will be neighborhood meetings and public events as the design work on the Tunnel Works project continues. Soon you will be able to stay current by signing up for a Tunnel Works newsletter or following the social media feeds.