Federal regulations through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) require that all municipal separate storm sewer systems (known as MS4s), partially or fully in urbanized areas based on the 2000 census, obtain storm water permits for their discharges into receiving waters (lakes, streams, rivers). To meet the federal regulations the Village has developed a MS4 Storm Water Management Program (SWMP).
The SWMP describes the procedures and practices that are implemented by the Village toward the goal of reducing the discharge of pollutants within storm water runoff in order to comply with Federal standards. Compliance with this program is intended to protect water quality, contributing to the following amenities:
- Cleaner lakes and streams
- Improved recreational opportunities and tourism
- Flood damage reduction
- Improved aesthetics and wildlife habitat
- A safer and healthier environment for Mount Prospect residents
Federal environmental regulations based on the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA) require the separate storm water systems , construction sites, and industrial activities control polluted storm water runoff from entering receiving bodies of water (including navigable streams and lakes).
Cleaning up after your pet is a helpful way to help protect the waterways that run through Mount Prospect. All of the creeks that dissect the Village, including McDonald Creek, Feehanville Creek, Weller Creek, and Higgins Creek ultimately end up flowing into the Des Plaines River. In turn, the Des Plaines River eventually flows into the Illinois River, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico. Pet waste that enters a creek in Mount Prospect can have a long journey and impact a variety of plants, animals, ecosystems, and even people!
Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, or yards contain numerous pollutants such as nutrients and bacteria. These pollutants can easily be washed into nearby storm sewers. Please discard your pet’s waste by wrapping it in a plastic bag and throwing it in the garbage.
When washing your pet, do it either in the house in a laundry tub or outside in a washtub on the lawn. If you wash your pet outside, dump the wash water on the lawn when you are finished. These practices prevent polluted water from entering the storm sewers. You can also help the environment by selecting a pet shampoo that is low in phosphorous.
Lastly, please do not feed ducks and geese. Feeding these waterfowl is not healthy for them or any nearby waterway. Like pet waste, waterfowl waste can contribute nutrient and bacteria pollution to local waterways.
- NPDES Permit ILR40
- NPDES Permit ILR10
- Storm Water Management Program
- NPDES Phase II Annual Report 2019_Redacted
- SWMP 2014-2015
- SWMPP annual Report 2013-2014
- SWMP Annual Report Final 2011-2012
- SWMP Annual Report 2010-2011
- SWMP Annual Report 2009-2010
- SWMP Annual Report 2008-2009
- NPDES Annual Report 2012
- NOI Renewal 2013
- NPDES MS4 Annual Report Mount Prospect 053117 (2)
- MS4 Annual reportMt_Prospect_Yr15_Annual_Report Submitted No Tracking Data_Redacted
- Additional WQ Test Follow Up Memo 092518
- 2018 Water Quality Testing MP