Stormwater Management

Managing Storm water on Your Property

Storm water runoff is precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. As it flows it can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and deposit them into a storm sewer system or water body. 
Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing an providing drinking water.
Remember: Only rain down the drain.

To keep the storm water leaving your home or workplace clean, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Use Pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
  • Repair auto leaks.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze,oil,etc.) and batteries at designated collection or recycling locations.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface.
  • Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas.
  • Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
  • Clean paint brushes in a sink not outdoors.
  • Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program.
  • Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and mortar.
  • In the winter, follow package instructions when using salt and deicing materials; use them sparingly.

Be open to Best Management Practices (BMP’s) like rain barrels, rain gardens and permeable pavers. Rain gardens use specific plants and soils that absorb large amounts of rainwater. 
Information and Educational Material on Best Practices
Fats, Oil and Grease BMP Manual
Fats, Oil and Grease Fact Sheet
RLB Auto Repair Resource Sheet
RLB Events Brochure
RLB Gas Station Resource Sheet
RLB Landscaping Resource Sheet
RLB Restaurant Brochure

Construction & Industrial Sites

Construction Site Control Fact Sheet

Post Construction Fact Sheet

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Small Construction Sites

Stormwater and the Construction Industry

USEPA Developing you SWPPP Guide for Industrial Operators

USEPA Industrial SW Monitoring and Sampling Guide


Can Cars Cause Water Pollution

Climate Change...on the Road

Climate Home

Climate the Office

EPA Greenscaping

EPA Tips for Pollution Prevention

Home Hot Spots For Water Quality

How do Trees Benefit Our Environment

Rain Garden Brochure The Conservation Foundation

Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners

RLB Do You Know Where The Water in Your Storm Drain Goes

RLB Four Seasons of Water Quality Protection

RLB How to Safely Dispose of Chlorinated Water

RLB IDDE Citizens Guide to Monitoring Storm Water

RLB Oil and Water Don't Mix

Shoreline Landscaping

USEPA The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure


For more information about stormwater visit 
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission's website at
Annual Report Permit Year 12
Annual Report Permit Year 13
Annual Report Permit Year 14
NPDES Permit
NOI Permit Renewal
Stormwater Management Plan
SWMP Contractor Certification Form
EPA Environmental Justice-
EPA Climate Change-
Conserve Lake County- 
Fox River Study Group-
Fox River Ecosystem Partnership- 
Des Plaines River Watershed workgroup-