What is storm water?
Storm water is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavement when it rains or when snow and ice melt. The water seeps into the ground or drains into what we call storm sewers. These are the drains you see at street corners or at low points on the sides of your streets. Collectively, the draining water is called storm water runoff and is a concern to us in commercial and industrial sites as well as your neighborhood because of the pollutants it carries.
Where does the storm water go?
Storm water that does not evaporate or seep into the ground drains into over 54 miles of underground storm sewer pipe that carry surface runoff to Salt Creek. Every time it rains, thousands of gallons of storm water enter our storm sewer system. As the runoff flows across lawns, driveways, parking lots and streets, it collects pollutants.
What is storm water pollution?
Many people think that pollution in our streams, rivers and lakes only comes from industrial facilities or wastewater treatment plants. What people don't realize is that if all these sources of pollution were eliminated, up to half of the pollution would still remain.
The remaining source of pollution that is not caused by specific, identifiable sources are called non-point source pollution. Non-point source pollution is the result of everyday activities. Typical pollutants in urban areas include litter; sediments from exposed soil, pet waste, detergents, pesticides and fertilizers from lawns and gardens, paints, oil, grease and toxic chemicals from motor vehicles, road salts, and household hazardous wastes.
When these materials are improperly used or disposed of, they can be picked up by storm water runoff as it flows across streets, parking lots and lawns. After this storm water runoff travels through the storm sewer system, it is discharged to receiving waters without any treatment. As a result, any pollutant that is dumped on the ground can end up in our creeks, rivers and lakes.
There are serious problems associated with polluted storm water. The pesticides, bacteria and chemicals that may be present in polluted storm water can pose a health risk to people. Aquatic plants and animals living in streams and rivers may become sick or die from contact with polluted storm water. Clogged catch basins can be unsightly and can cause flooding problems.
Since storm water is naturally channeled to or flows through underground pipes to Salt Creek there is no opportunity for treatment to remove pollution. So, each of us must be careful to minimize or eliminate substances which may inadvertently pollute our waterways when it rains.
Repair oil and cooling system leaks on your car and dispose of used auto fluids and batteries at designated drop-off or recycling locations. Recycle your used motor oil. On annual collection days take household hazardous waste to drop-off locations. Never pour used motor oil or other hazardous materials into a storm drain. Contact the Solid Waste Management Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) for more information on recycling and disposal at 847-296-9205 or at www.swancc.org.
Properly manage and dispose of yard wastes (grass clippings, leaves, etc.) and don't put them in the street, gutter or a storm drain. Contact the Public Works Department for more information on leaf and brush pickup programs offered by the City at 847-963-0500.
Use a proper container for your trash and recyclables. Don't put trash into the street or gutter where it can be washed into the storm sewer system. For more information on recycling, contact the Solid Waste Management Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) at 847-296-9205 or at www.swancc.org.
Use lawn and garden fertilizers sparingly, and learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers on your lawn or garden. Please don't "double the dose" just for good measure.
Pick up after your pet. If you have a dog, clean up its waste and don't allow it to pollute storm water runoff. You can properly dispose of pet waste by flushing it down the toilet or placing it in the trash for regular pickup.
Use water-based paints such as latex and wash paintbrushes in the sink with water. When using paint thinner, reuse and recycle it. Never pour unused paint or paint thinner into a storm drain.
Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the driveway. The runoff from home car washing can contain detergents that are harmful to aquatic life.
Use non-toxic alternatives to conventional household cleaners whenever possible. Contact the Solid Waste Management Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) at 847-296-9205 or at www.swancc.org for additional information.
Educate your family, friends and neighbors about storm water pollution. Spread the word.
Report polluters. If you see a potential storm water quality problem, please call the City of Rolling Meadows Public Works Department at 847-963-0500. Remember, water pollution is everyone's concern.
CITY OF ROLLING MEADOWS STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The City of Rolling Meadows Stormwater Quality Management Program was established in 2003 in response to the Federal EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II rule. A key objective of this regulation is the control and reduction of storm water pollution in urban areas.
In accordance with the NPDES Phase II regulations, the City of Rolling Meadows has developed a storm water quality management plan that is based on a set of best management practices (BMPs) in six different categories:
Public Education And Involvement
Illicit Discharge Detection And Elimination
Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
Post-Construction Storm Water Management
Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
In accordance with the Phase II rule, records will be kept on all program activities and included in annual reports. In the State of Illinois, oversight of municipal Phase II programs is provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
NPDES Phase II Permit for Construction Activities
As part of the Phase II rule for construction activities such as road building, construction of residential, industrial and commercial buildings or demolition which disturbs 1 acre or more, require a NPDES Permit for Construction Activities issued by IEPA. Information on Construction Permit Requirements can be found at: www.epa.state.il.us/water/permits/storm-water/construction.html.
For Questions or to Report a Stormwater Management Problem or Environmental Emergency:
To report a storm water problem or environmental emergency directly to IEPA go to: www.epa.state.il.us/comments.html
For questions regarding the City of Rolling Meadows storm water program, or to report a storm water problem, contact the Public Works Department at 847-963-0500 or by e-mail (Resident Service Request).
STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL
Ordinance No. 05-35
Chapter 38 "Environment," Article III of the Code of Ordinances is hereby amended by adding thereto the following:
Sec. 38-139. Standard adopted.
The standards and requirements of the most recent edition, published as of the date of the adoption of this Code of Ordinance, of the pamphlet, "Standards and Specifications for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control," as compiled by the Northeast Illinois Natural Resource Service Center, the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and approved by the North Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) as authorizes by the Clean Water Art, are incorporated into this article and made a part of this article by this reference, for the purpose of exemplifying the considerations and factors which should enter into the preparation of a site development plan.
Inspection and Enforcement of Erosion and Sediment Control Measures
Ordinance No. 05-34 XVII. Soil Erosion Control
Appendix B "Schedule of Rates, Fees, Fines and Penalties," Article XVII of the Code of Ordinances is hereby amended by adding thereto, the following:
Fines for Violation of Chapter 16 ˝ [ Article III of Chapter 38] [ Section 16 ˝ –49 (38-142)] :
1st Offense: Written Statement of Non-Compliance
2nd Offense: $50 per acre of development in non-compliance
3rd Offense: $100 per acre of development in non-compliance
4th Offense: $200 per acre of development in non-compliance
Offenses are cumulative with regard to fines.
- Inspections for Erosion and Sedimentation Control shall be performed by the City Engineer and Public Works Department once every two weeks during construction. The fee for these inspections is $135 ($90 City Engineer, $45 Public Works) for projects 5.0 acres and less. For projects over 5.0 acres in size, the fee is $270 ($180 City Engineer, $90 Public Works). Inspection fees will be invoiced quarterly, in advance for each quarter. If delinquent in payment for previous quarter, the project can be suspended, until fees are paid.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT FEE
Ordinance No. 01-19 Sec. 110-186
Chapter 110 "Utilities," Division 6. Stormwater Management Fee – Sec. 110 -186 established a Stormwater Management Fee. Revenue from the stormwater management fee is used to maintain the City’s storm sewer infrastructure, including 60 miles of underground storm sewer lines, 5 miles of open drainage ditches, 100 culverts, 3,000 catch basins and inlet structures, 1,500 storm sewer manholes, 43 outfalls, 11 miles of Salt Creek streambank, and numerous detention and retention facilities; implement new stormwater management programs mandated by the Federal Clean Water Act, and fund capital projects such as repair and improvement of the underground storm sewer system, streambank stabilization, and rear-yard drainage projects.
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For additional information on surface water quality and storm water pollution prevention issues, click on the links below:
"Salt Creek Stream Bank Stabilization Stage 3" Public Education Program Presentation
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