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Storm Water Management Program

Information for Homeowners

For homeowners, it is important to note that the Stormwater Ordinance makes any release into the storm sewer system that does not consist entirely of uncontaminated storm or groundwater unlawful. There are exceptions to the prohibited discharges but its best to check with the Villages Stormwater Manager prior to releasing anything into the storm sewer. Violating the Ordinance, even unknowingly, can result in fines and legal action.

The Village Stormwater Ordinance also protects property owners from changes in drainage that can cause flooding, backups and other problems. Downspouts and sump pumps should be directed so that runoff is absorbed on-site and not forced onto other properties. Structures like raised flower beds, retaining walls and storage sheds may cause water to pond or redirect flow to other properties. Contact the Village if you are building a similar project to check if a drainage easement borders your property.

Surface water pollution is the main concern of the US EPA programs. Stormwater in Coal Valley does NOT go to waste water treatment plants. It is discharged directly into the Rock River where drinking water is later drawn from. It is important to keep trash, lawn or pet waste and hazardous materials like cleaners, oils, and paint out of the storm sewer system.


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In accord with the NPDES Phase II regulations, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) that serve a population of less than 100,000 and are situated in an Urbanized Area are required to comply with the requirements of the program. The Village of Coal Valley was listed in the appendix of the Federal Register as being a governmental entity located fully or partially within an urbanized area.

NOTE: A special hotline has been established to report any suspicious activity related to Stormwater Management. Please call 309-799-3604, or email


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires, under the Phase II regulations, that all owners/operators of small MS4s reduce the discharge of pollutants from a regulated system to the maximum extent practicable to protect water quality. At a minimum, jurisdictions regulated under Phase II must:

  • Specify best management practices (BMPs) for six minimum control measures and implement them to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Identify measurable goals for control measures.
  • Show an implementation schedule of activities or frequency of activities.
  • Define the entity responsible for implementation.

  • The six minimum control measures that must be addressed under the Phase II NPDES Program include:
      1. Public Education and Outreach on Storm Water Impacts
      2. Public Involvement and Participation
      3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
      4. Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
      5. Post Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment
      6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
    Permit coverage under this program is granted by submittal of a Notice of Intent (NOI) form to the permitting authority. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is the permitting authority for the State of Illinois. A copy of the IEPA NOI form and General Permit are included below.
    To report any suspicious activity, please call 309-799-3604, ext. 251


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    Storm Water Program Management

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    Coloring Book

    Attention Residents - Illegal Dumping

    Stormwater Ordinance 2002-00-15

    Single Family Residential Erosion Control Plan

    Adopt a Park

    Best Management Practices

    Class 1 Grading and Drainage Permit

    Class 2 Grading and Drainage Permit


    Village of Coal Valley Yard Waste Collection Brochure

    General MS4 Permit

    Notice of Intent (NOI) 2003