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Stormwater Management
Lake County Stormwater Management
The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) was established in 1991 through state legislation to coordinate stormwater management activities from a countywide and inter-jurisdictional perspective.

The main focus of the commission is to manage Lake County's floodplains and watersheds by administering County-wide floodplain and stormwater management standards; in addition to flood damage reduction through flood hazard mitigation projects, and implementing Best Management Practices (BMP's), watershed management plans and effective floodplain and stormwater management regulations. The commission also focuses on Natural Resource protection and restoration by utilizing a mix of funding sources and partnerships to restore and enhance the natural drainage system.

For additional information about the SMC; including special forms and applications, please visit them at their website

NPDES
Vernon Hills NPDES Reports


Vernon Hills SMPP
Vernon Hills Stormwater Management Program Plan (SMPP)

Notice of Intent
Village of Vernon Hills Notice of Intent for Renewal General Permit for Discharges from Small MS4

Des Plaines River Watershed Workgroup 
The Des Plaines River Watershed Workgroup (DRWW) is a voluntary, dues paying organization with a mission to bring together a diverse coalition of stakeholders to work together to improve water quality in the Des Plaines River and its tributaries in a cost effective manner to meet Illinois EPA requirements. Membership of the DRWW consists of communities, Publically Owned Treatment Works (POTWs), and other interested parties. The Workgroup consists of Agency members represented by NPDES permit holders, Associate members which are non-permit holding organizations, and individual members. The DRWW will monitor water quality in the river and tributaries, prioritize and implement water quality improvement projects, and secure grant funding to offset the cost. Monitoring data will allow for a greater understanding of the water quality impairments, identify priority restoration activities, and track water quality improvements. The Workgroup is committed to an approach for attaining water quality standards that focuses on stakeholder involvement, monitoring, and locally led decision-making based on sound science. Des Plaines River Watershed Workgroup (DPRWW)

Public Education

Guidelines for Draining Swimming Pools 

Homeowners 
Where Sources of Pollutants Might Be Found 
General Auto Care
SWALCO Disposal Guide 

Lawncare Tips to Reduce Potential Pollution 

Watering 
Fertilizers 
Composting 
Streambank Protection/Restoration 
Pesticides 
Yard Work

Landscaping Options 
Native Plant Materials 
Rain Gardens - General Introduction 
Rain Garden - How To Guide 
Plant Trees 
Shoreline Plantings

Water
Stream & Lake Property Best Practices

Commercial Property Owners 
Business/Campus Best Practices
Typical Sources of Illicit/Unpermitted Discharges 
Stream & Shoreline Restoration Manual - SMC 

Homeowner's Associations
Homeowners Best Practices
Best Management Practice (BMP) Maintenance Guide
Conservation Easement Information 

Service/Youth Group Project Suggestions 
Storm Inlet Stenciling 

Information for Kids 
EPA Drinking Water & Groundwater Education Activities 
US Geological Service Water Science for Schools 
EPA Wetlands Information Website 


The Relationship between Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens 

So you have a rain barrel . . . now what. Has it been installed? Does it capture all the rain from that area of your roof? Does it often overflow? If you find your rain barrel overflows often it might be beneficial to install a rain garden that will absorb the extra rainwater. 

Working on Three New Programs 

Since 2003, Rain Garden Network has been helping individuals and communities understand the importance of rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and diversion of rainwater away from streets and sewers and assisting them with the installation and maintenance of their gardens and development of their programs. We offer step-by-step instructional documentation, personal consulting, training, installation and maintenance services. See our capabilities