In the Spring debris from foliage, maple tree’s samara (helicopters), grass clippings and Fall leaves can clog the drains rather quickly. At the Road District we work hard to keep the drains clear manually as well as with our Street Sweeper. Even with ideal drain conditions, during intense storms our infrastructure can only handle so much at once. We ask that every capable resident try to work together to help keep storm drains near their own residence clear of debris, this can have a large impact to reduce potential local flooding risk. If you see an issue with a storm drain near your home give us a call at the Road District office.
Do Not Dump anything into the street grates.
Please remember that all storm drains eventually flow to the local creeks and rivers.
This district has been actively repairing and replacing storm sewer lines and catch basins for the past 20 years. A major accomplishment has been the replacement of the storm sewer line that outfalls from the Shore Heights retention pond. Also, the replacement of over 200 catch basins along with the installation of bicycle safe grates in the Boulder Hill Subdivision has improved drainage, reduced downstream pollution and increased public safety.
Links for Public Education:
- EPA – After the Storm
- EPA – Clean Water is Everybody’s Business
- EPA – What is Green Infrastructure?
- EPA – Climate Impacts in the Midwest
- EPA – What Climate Change Means for Illinois
- Prairie Rivers Network – What is a Rain Garden?
- NOAA – Water and Wastewater