Because we live in a watershed, we impact water runoff from rain. Our impact can negatively affect the quality of our streams and rivers.

Homeowners Associations and individual residents can contribute to the health of the Village’s wetlands and stormwater management systems. In fact, most homeowners associations are responsible for maintaining the drainage ways within their subdivision. Residents can take steps to keep contaminated water on their property. This can be done by directing water runoff from our roofs, sump pumps and driveways into rain barrels, rain gardens, open vegetated swales or other features where that water can be used in a constructive way or absorbed by plants. Residents should consider installing plants on their property that are native to our area. These plants require less watering and absorb more water than many non-native plants.

The Village maintains a reference library with information to assist you in making a positive impact on our environment. Two such publications: A "Citizen's Guide to Maintaining Stormwater Best Management Practices" and "Living With Wetlands: A Handbook for Homeowners in Northeastern Illinois" are available at the Village Hall.

The Village has enacted regulations prohibiting the introduction of pollutants or chemicals into the storm sewers as these pipes lead to open waterways. For more information, contact Public Works Director Brad Woodbury.