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Stormwater Management Program

The Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) was developed by Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. in coordination with the Village for the purpose of meeting the minimum standards required by the USEPA under the NPDES Phase II program. The SWMP describes the procedures and practices implemented by the Village to effectively reduce the discharge of pollutants within stormwater runoff and comply with Federal standards.

Learn more about stormwater management and things you can do to help reduce the discharge of pollutants within stormwater runoff.

This website contains the following:

  • Educational links to specific topics mentioned in the MS4 permit

  • Posted Annual Reports from the past 5 years - required by the MS4 permit

  • Contact/Outreach form, which will allow residents and community members to provide general feedback on the MS4 Stormwater Program, or to report a stormwater issue. The MS4 permit requires that there be a procedure in place for residents to report an issue or comment on the program.


To learn more about lakes and ponds management, view this helpful information.

Homeowner Best Practices
Simple stormwater practices can be applied by the homeowner for water quality, flood reduction and healthy natural resources. Please do what you can for our streams and wildlife - they thank you!

To learn more about what you can do to help the environment,  view "A Citizen's Guide to Maintaining Stormwater Best Management Practices".

Lake County Stormwater Management has advised us that following a very wet summer and fall, which caused river levels to exceed flood stage a record seven times, the abnormally wet ground conditions and the potential for more rain and snow this winter, the National Weather Service is cautioning that those factors could lead to a considerably higher risk for flooding this spring.   

Heavy rainfall can increase the possibility of flood damage to homes. Flood damage means costly repairs. Reduce the amount of water that gets close to your home by making sure your gutters are free from debris, making sure storm drains are clear, and inspecting the foundation of your home and making repairs where necessary.
View these floodproofing tips



 
                          

 

Stormwater: Why Are We Having
More Problems With It?

Q:  Why do I keep hearing stormwater is such a problem now?
A:  Rain patterns are changing, with periods of more intense rainfalls.  As we build more to accommodate a growing population and cover the soil with impervious surfaces (patios, sidewalks, roads, buildings, parking lots, driveways, etc.) a great deal of rain water can no longer be absorbed into the soil the way it once was.  Water that used to soak into the soil was actually cleansed by plant roots – especially native plant roots – filtering pollutants.  Now most of the rain and snow runs off, ending up in our lakes, streams and ponds.   In short, where once only 10% of the rain ran off the land, now 60-90% does – carrying toxic pollutants on the land with it!

Q:  In towns, doesn’t stormwater go to a sewage treatment plant via street storm drains and get treatment there?
A:  No.  Stormwater goes to the nearest waterbody.  Most of the stormwater in our area drains to Flint Creek, our ponds, lakes, wetlands, or to Spring Creek.  Both creeks drain to the Fox River.
 
Q:  Is stormwater runoff harmful?
A:  It can be.  Just about anything that has been deposited on the land, such as pet waste, cigarette butts, fertilizers, pesticides, plastic bits, salt, automobile oil and gas, tire fragments can wash into our creeks, favorite swimming lakes or ponds from our storm drains.  The nutrient load (mostly phosphorus and nitrogen) can lead to algal blooms, some of which are toxic.  In some cases, groundwater can be affected too, especially by road salt runoff, and pharmaceuticals flushed down sinks and toilets.

Herbicides account for the highest usage of pesticides (yes, herbicides are considered pesticides) in the home and garden sector, with over 28 million pounds applied on lawns and gardens in 2012!  Suburban lawns and gardens receive more pesticide applications per acre (3.2-9.8 lbs) than agriculture (2.7 lbs per acre on average). (EPA data)  

A study published in Environmental Research found that dogs whose owners' lawns are professionally treated with pesticides/herbicides are associated with a significantly higher risk of canine malignant lymphoma.