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.

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.

For more information about best practices visit:

Report Illegal Dumping-Contact us if you see or suspect pollution discharging into our lakes, waterways, or storm drains at 847-546-8752 or e-mail us.

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