Stormwater Management

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What is the NPDES Phase II Program?


Every time it rains runoff from our yards, streets, parking lots, rooftops etc. erodes, dissolves, and transports substances including but not limited to pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, de-icing chemicals, spills of fuel, and residues of lubricants and tire wear from vehicles into our creeks, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.  Illegal dumping of trash and debris also contributes to this type of pollution.  The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program is designed to educate the public and effect a change in the way we conduct our daily activities with an eye towards improving the quality of the water that flows into bodies of water.   This, in turn, will improve the water quality in our creeks, streams, rivers and lakes.



Why is the NPDES Program important?


Water is vital to our health, and the health of the plants and animals that share the earth's resources with us.  It then follows that clean water is good for us, wildlife and plant life.



Where did this program come from?


The framework and reporting requirements of the NPDES Phase II program are Federal Law and were handed down to local communities from the United States Environmental Protection Agency through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).    However, the structure of the program within the local community is designed by the community itself and is tailored to the types of activities occurring within the community.  The Village is responsible for implementing the program it has designed and the IEPA conducts periodic audits of our performance to ensure that the programs is being properly administered. 



What can you do to help?


Realize that each of us has an impact on the quality of the water that we send downstream.  Get involved, take the time to learn how you can do things better and change those behaviors and practices that degrade water quality to minimize the effect you have.   Frequently referring to the NPDES pages on this website, reviewing the information presented hear and visiting the other websites to which links are provided is a great place to start.
NPDES Documents
NPDES Phase II Annual Reports

Before you drain your pool...

Lindenhurst Phosphorus Ban

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Ordinance 10-3-1797


Stormwater Management Program Plan


SWALCO's Household Chemical Waste Collection Events

Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC)


Lake County Municipal Advisory Committee 


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)


Stormwater Management Workshops 


Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance


Lake County Stormwater Management

After the Storm

Clean Water - Everybody's Business - 10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Runoff Pollution

Guidelines for Draining Swimming Pools

The Solution to Stormwater Pollution

Lake County Rain Barrels

Rain Gardens

 For more information about stormwater management, please contact Village Hall at (847) 356-8252.