Stormwater Solutions

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Overall Updates:

October 16, 2018: The City has been making significant progress on Stormwater Solutions. For the latest information, please check out the page associated with your study area. If you need help figuring out which study area you live in, please click on the Find Your Study Area button below.  

July 31, 2018: The City submitted a grant application to the IEPA for assistance with the completion of a 319 Watershed Based Plan for the Crystal Creek Watershed. 

February 12, 2018: City Staff is meeting again with some of the areas to review information that has been gathered an proposed flooding mitigation projects. Each area page has been updated with information from the meetings that is specific to that area.  

December 5, 2017 -  City Council approved the Overhead Sanitary Sewer Backup Protection Grant program by the City Council. The program is a matching grant and has several eligibility qualifications.Please contact the Building Division at 815-356-3605 for more information. 

November 14, 2017 - Governor Rauner announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in northeastern Illinois recover from severe storms and floods that occurred July 11-27, 2017. 

For more information, SBA Fact Sheet and the eligible locations. Information about the disaster loan program and application deadlines is available on the SBA’s website at

October 17, 2017 - A presentation to the City Council was given by staff about a proposed City-wide Overhead Sewer Matching Grant Program. City Council was in favor of moving this program forward. 

October 16, 2017 - Discussion only item at the October 17 City Council meeting for the Public Works Department to proceed with the development of a City-wide Overhead Sewer Matching Grant Program. For additional details click here

September 1, 2017 Watershed Permits Process Enhancements –  Many of the residents during the Open Houses voiced concerns about allowing additional home improvements or new homes in their neighborhoods.  The concern being that additional impervious coverage appears to exacerbate the flooding that the existing homes experience during severe rain events.  Staff has researched City ordinances and is identifying ways to improve current permit practices and engineering requirements. In addition, staff is researching how other communities with established neighborhoods built without stormwater conveyance systems permit additional impervious area. 

Please check back often as the webpages are continually updated.

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