Stormwater Pollution Prevention Information

Public Education

Guidelines for Draining Swimming Pools 

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

Lawncare Tips to Reduce Potential Pollution 
Streambank Protection/Restoration 
Yard Work

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

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. 

NPDES Phase 2 Permit Information

Stormwater Management Program Plan (SMPP) was developed by the Village of Libertyville based off a SMPP template provided by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission. The purpose of the SMPP is to meet the minimum standards required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program. Federal regulations through the USEPA require that all Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), partially or fully in urbanized areas based on the 2000 census, obtain stormwater permits for their discharges into receiving waters. There are many different types of MS4s including municipalities, park districts, drainage districts, township highway departments, counties and county and state transportation departments (LCDOT and IDOT). The SMPP describes the procedures and practices that can be implemented by the Village of Libertyville toward the goal of reducing the discharge of pollutants within stormwater runoff in order to comply with Federal standards. 

Notice of Intent

Village of Libertyville Notice of Intent for Renewal of General Permit for Discharges from Small MS4 CLICK HERE 

Annual Reports to IEPA


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) 

North Shore Water Reclamation District 

The North Shore Water Reclamation District (NSWRD) is the second largest sanitary district in Illinois, its service area encompasses an area from the Wisconsin border (north) to Lake-Cook Road (south) and from Lake Michigan (east) to I-94 toll way (west). The NSWRD serves a population of over a quarter million people. Communities served include Waukegan, Gurnee (east of I-94), Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Green Oaks, Bannockburn, North Chicago, Park City, Zion, Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, Great Lakes, Fort Sheridan, part of Deerfield, and other unincorporated areas. The NSWRD also serves portions of Lake County outside its Service Area, including Grayslake, through an agreement with the County of Lake. North Shore Water Reclamation District (NSWRD)