Stormwater Management

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) defines Stormwater as rainwater and melted snow that runs off streets, lawns, and other sites. When stormwater is absorbed into the ground, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. In developed areas, however, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, the water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems, and drainage ditches and can cause:
  • Downstream flooding
  • Stream bank erosion
  • Increased turbidity (muddiness created by stirred up sediment) from erosion
  • Habitat destruction
  • Changes in the stream flow hydrograph (a graph that displays the flow rate of a stream over a period of time)
  • Combined sewer overflows
  • Infrastructure damage
  • Contaminated streams, rivers, and coastal water

 

Village's Commitment to Stormwater Management

The Village of Lakewood has a General Permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) for discharges from its municipal separate storm sewer system. The General Permit requires the Village to develop, implement, and enforce a storm water management program designed to prevent and reduce pollution from its storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable.

Stormwater Management Plan

The term of the Village’s General Permit from the IEPA is five years. At the end of each permit term, the Village submits a Notice of Intent to comply with the conditions of the General Permit to the IEPA. This Notice of Intent describes the practices the Village intends to implement in order to meet the conditions of the General Permit.

Notice of Intent - MS4s

Each year the Village submits a report to the IEPA documenting its status of compliance with the conditions of the General Permit.

Annual Facilities Inspection Report