Public Education and Outreach

What is storm water and how does it become polluted? Storm water is rainfall and melting snow that flows to the closet catch basin, ditch, creek or other waterway instead of soaking into the ground. Pollution of this water occurs as it travels over parking lots, streets, rooftops, or other hard surfaced areas as it makes it way into the waterway. Even storm water flowing over land directly to a waterway can become polluted.

The following links can help you become part of the solution and reduce your impact on water pollution:

Lawn Care

Native Plants

Saving Water

Storm Drains

Sanitary and Storm Sewers


Village business owners, expecially those in the food service or vehicle repair fields, can find helpful information regarding their ability to help reduce storm water pollution with the following links:

Food Service Guidebook

Vehicle Service Guidebook