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Drainage Maintenance & Waste
For some people that live on or near creeks, wetlands or other drainageways, these may seem as a handy place to get rid of yard wastes. After all it is no different than what grows there naturally. And eventually they will decay and fertilize the area. Most household wastes can be recycled, disposed of with the normal garbage collection when properly prepared or brought to a hazardous waste collection site. It is important to know that every curb inlet and storm drain in the Village discharges into a pond or creek
It is illegal to deposit any type of debris including branches, leaves, grass clippings or dirt into or adjacent to any creeks, ponds, wetlands detention basins, ditches or other areas that periodically collect and convey storm waters. This applies particularly on the streets that parallel Flagg Creek, including Keokuk Road and Cochise Drive.
Besides being unsightly, they can cause obstructions that aggravate flooding. Materials left on the banks or shores will kill the natural vegetation under it resulting in soil erosion. Any person found guilty is subject to fines. Anyone seeing someone dumping anything in these areas should call our Police Department at 911.
Besides the above described problems, this dumping also seriously impairs water quality. The second phase of the federal “Clean Water Act” first passed in 1972 is underway. The goal is to make all the waterways in the United States fishable and swimmable. Though not too many people may want to swim or fish in Salt or Buffalo Creeks, the water quality in these creeks affects the quality of the Des Plaines and Illinois Rivers into which they discharge. The focus of Phase 2 will be on polluted storm water runoff. The source of the pollution can be:
- Deliberate dumping of chemicals and other wastes into waterways or storm sewers
- Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides off lawns
- Oils, chemicals and debris washed off of streets and parking lots
- Soils erosion and other contaminates from construction sites
In the spring of 2004, the Village passed an ordinance that prohibits the discharge to the storm drainage system of anything but storm water. This includes things such as:
- Animal wastes
- Antifreeze and other automotive fluids
- Old motor oil
- Unused paints, solvents or cleaning fluids
- Wastewater from carpet cleaning
Any person discharging pollutants into the waterways or storm drainage system is liable to criminal prosecution and is subject to a penalty of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 per violation. In accordance with the Federal Storm Sewer Regulations, if anyone sees someone dumping chemicals, paints, solvents or other pollutants into the creeks or into storm drains or streets so that they get into the creek system, or a resident has any other storm water quality or concerns or issues, please contact the office of the Director of Public Works and Water, Ed Santen, at 708-246-3154.