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Stormwater Management

The Village of Minooka owns, operates, and maintains a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) as defined by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (IEPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program. An MS4 is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is: owned by a state, city, town, village, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S., designed or used to collect or convey storm water (e.g, storm drains, pipes, ditches), not a combined sewer, and not part of a sewage treatment plant, or publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

Because storm runoff waters are not treated by the Village’s Waste Water Treatment Facility it is important to take additional steps to reduce the amount of pollutants that make their way into the Storm Sewer System (MS4). Homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of storm water by developing environmentally friendly household habits.

Tips to Reduce Stormwater Runoff Pollution

  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface to minimize the amount of dirty, soapy water flowing into the storm drain and eventually into your local water body.
  • Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at participating service stations. Don’t dump these chemicals down the storm drain or dispose of them in your trash.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain; otherwise, chemicals will be washed into your local stream.
  • Sweep up yard debris, rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
  • Purchase and use nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled, and recyclable products whenever possible.
  • Please remember to pick up pet waste. Leaving pet waste on ground increases public health risk.

The implementation of environmentally friendly household habits not only improve water quality, but provide cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing local water bodies and streams, enhanced recreation opportunities and healthier environment for residents and wildlife.

Review the additional materials below for more tips to prevent stormwater pollution.

Stormwater Detention Basin Basics

Leaves And Storm Drains

Car Washing & Water Pollution

Car Maintenance And Preventing Leaks

Maintain Your Lawn to Protect Rivers and Streams

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