Storm Water Management
Stormwater Management is a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Works and Village Engineer. The Village must maintain compliance with stormwater programs as outlined by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and the Illinois Environment Protection Agency.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II MS4 Permit
In 2003, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) began issuing to small municipalities, an NPDES General Stormwater Permit for discharges from the separate storm sewer system. The current permit was effective March 1, 2016 and expires February 28, 2021. As part of the permit renewal process, the Village submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the IEPA. The Village has submitted annual reports to the IEPA to remain in compliance with the annual reporting requirements. The Village created and utilizes its Stormwater Management Program Plan (SMPP) to aid in the submittal process of the annual report to the IEPA. The SMPP provides a clear, concise plan of action against stormwater pollution and is revised as needed to remain compliant with the permit and our ever changing community.
The following links provide additional information relating to the NPDES program:
What is Stormwater Runoff?
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets percent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. Polluted stormwater runoff is a leading cause of impairment to the nearly 40 percent of surveyed U.S. water bodies which do not meet water quality standards. Over land or via storm sewer systems, polluted run off is discharged, often untreated, directly into local water bodies. When left uncontrolled, this water pollution can result in the destruction of fish, wildlife, and aquatic life habits; a loss in aesthetic value; and threats to public health due to contaminated food, drinking supplies, and recreational waterways.
Illicit Discharge Reporting
The Village needs your help in protecting our valuable water resources by eliminating illicit discharges to the storm sewer system and waterways. An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the storm sewer system or waterway that is not composed entierly of storm water. Sources of illicit discharges may include materials such as gas, motor oil, paints, solvents, laundry waste water, ect. Should you witness the discharge of hazardous materials to the Village’s storm sewer system or its waterways please do not confront the individual yourself. Please call either RHMG Engineers, Inc. at (847) 362-5959 or the Village at (847) 362-5363 to report an illicit discharge.
Ordinance and Permit Documentation
- Annual Facility Inspection Report Year 12
- Annual Facility Inspection Report Year 13
- Annual Facility Inspection Report Year 14
- Annual Facility Inspection Report Year 15
- Annual Facility Inspection Report Year 16
- Annual Facility Inspection Report Year 17
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Fact Sheet
- Guidelines for Draining Swimming Pools
- Living with Wetlands
- A Fish’s Wish: A Tale of Polluted Runoff and How to Prevent It
- Water-Efficient Landscaping: Preventing Pollution and Using Resources Wisely
- After the Storm – A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding Stormwater
- Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution
- Clean Water: Everybody’s Business Bookmark
- Take the Stormwater Runoff Challenge