Stormwater Management

According to the USEPA, polluted stormwater runoff is a leading cause of impairment to the nearly 40 percent of surveyed U.S. water bodies which do not meet water quality standards. Polluted runoff is discharged directly into local water bodies via ditches or storm sewers. When left uncontrolled, this water pollution can result in destruction of fish, wildlife, and aquatic life habitats; a loss in aesthetic value; and threats to public health due to contaminated food, drinking water supplies, and recreational waterways. The NPDES Stormwater Program is a comprehensive two-phased national program mandated by Congress under the Clean Water Act to address non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges which adversely affect the quality of our nation's waters. (Source: USEPA, NPDES FAQs)

Water pollution can degrade our surface waters, making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming and other activities. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, helps address water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Lake County Stormwater Management Commission 

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Plan
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Plan
The Village of Wauconda needs your help in protecting our valuable water resources by eliminating illicit discharges to the storm sewer system.

An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the storm sewer system or waterway that is not composed entirely of storm water.  Sources of illicit discharges may include materials such as:

* Sanitary wastewater                  * Solvents
* Vehicle spills                                 * Paints         
* Pesticides                                      * Household cleaners
* Weed killers                                  * Radiator flushing disposal         
* Gas & motor oil                            * Laundry wastewaters

Disposing of household chemicals and wastes by dumping them in to the storm sewers is illegal and a major cause of stormwater pollution.  Public complaints provide the most common source of information.  If you witness or are suspicious of any illegal dumping, please report it to the Public Works Department at 847-526-9610.  Please do not attempt to address the issue yourself When calling we’ll ask you for the location of the dumping and the material being dumped (if known).