Public Comments Sought for Illinois EPA’s Stormwater Runoff Standards

Since March of 2012, CNT has been a leading participant in a workgroup facilitated by the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) to develop specific recommendations for statewide post-development stormwater standards for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The effort stems directly from the “Green Infrastructure Study” required by the Illinois General Assembly and completed in 2010, which recommended the adoption of such standards. CNT was a member of the study research team and helped prepare the recommendations as well.

Members of the public have until November 30, 2012 to provide comments on draft recommendations for state-wide stormwater standards in Illinois. Comments should be submitted directly to:

Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts
ATTN: Kelly Thompson
4285 North Walnut Street Road
Springfield, IL  62707

These standards are very important to improving water quality and reducing urban flooding in Illinois. Furthermore, they favor a cost-effective, green infrastructure, approach to development and redevelopment that should save developers and local governments money. Several urban counties and municipalities in Illinois have already adopted standards that are similar to the recommended standards, but these state-wide standards will ensure that stormwater management goals are consistent everywhere in the state.

In October 2012, the Workgroup conducted two public meetings, in Springfield and Aurora, where it explained the draft recommendations. You can read the recommendations here.

Learn more about the Workgroup’s activities here.

For more information, please contact Hal Sprague, Manager of Water Policy, at 773-269-4046 or hal@cnt.org.