STORMWATER

In April 2006 the County Board passed a resolution adopting the Kankakee Stormwater Management Ordinance.  This Ordinance enables the County to comply with all current federal and state laws and regulations applicable to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).  

Provisions in the Ordinance include regulating drainage installations and improvements, requires the preservation and enhancement of certain natural environmental features, requires the installation of drainage improvements in developments, regulating uses, maintenance and activities in floodplains and flood hazard areas, requires permits, payment of fees and assurances of completion and providing for inspections and control or work. 

Purposes of the Ordinance are:

  • To maintain and improve the quality of water impacted by the storm drainage system within the jurisdiction.
  • To promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Kankakee County from the hazards of flooding.
  • To create a set of fair and consistent standards that will facilitate desirable and sustainable development.
  • To protect and conserve the natural resources.
  • To preserve property values by protecting new and existing buildings and improvements to buildings from damage due to stormwater flow.
  • To assure that new developments/redevelopments do not increase flood or drainage hazards to others, or create unstable conditions susceptible to erosion.
  • To preserve the natural characteristics of stream corridors in order to moderate flood and stormwater impacts and to protect water quality.
  • To prevent the discharge of contaminated stormwater runoff and illicit discharge from industrial, commercial, residential and construction sites into the storm drainage system.
  • To promote public awareness of the hazards involved in the improper discharge of trash, yard waster, lawn chemicals, pet waster, wastewater, oil, petroleum products, cleaning products, paint products, hazardous waste, sediment and other pollutants into the natural and manmade storm drainage system.
  • To encourage recycling of used motor oil and safe disposal of other hazardous consumer products.
  • To facilitate compliance with state and federal standards and permits by owners of construction sites within the jurisdiction.
  • To enable the jurisdiction to comply with all current federal and state laws and regulations applicable to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements for stormwater discharges and prepare for future requirements. 
  • To prevent additional disruption of the economy and governmental services due to stormwater and flood drainage.
  • To protect the public from the degradation of water quality on a watershed basis and enhance the quantity and quality of potable groundwater and surface water supplies.
  • To protect the quantity and quality of wetlands.
  • To require the design and evaluation of each site stormwater management plan to be consistent with watershed capacities.
  • To require regular, planned maintenance of stormwater management facilities.
  • To encourage cooperation and consistency in stormwater management activities between units of government having floodplain and stormwater jurisdiction.
  • To lessen the taxpayer’s burden for flood related disasters, repairs to flood damaged public facilities and utilities, and flood rescue and relief operations.
  • To restrict development and building to facilities that will not adversely affect the potential for flood damage.
  • To require appropriate and adequate provision for site runoff control, especially when the land is developed with a large amount of impervious surface.

Listed below are just a few of the many purposes and benefits of this program, for additional information you may consult Section 109-106 of the County Code:

  • Comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. 
• Ensures the protection and conservation of our natural resources.
• Promotes and protects the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens from the hazards of flooding.
• Assures that new developments/redevelopments do not increase flood or drainage hazards to others or create unstable conditions susceptible to erosion.
• Protects the quantity/quality of wetlands.
• Lessens the taxpayer’s burden for flood related disasters, repairs to flood damaged public facilities and utilities, and flood rescue/relief operations. 

Stormwater Documents and Resources:

Stormwater Ordinance

Appendices

Technical Reference Manual

2016 Kankakee County Stormwater Management Plan

Erosion Control for Homebuilders

Class I & Class II Grading and Drainage Permit Application

NPDES 2003-2007 Annual Report

NPDES 2009 Annual Report

NPDES 2010 Annual Report

NPDES 2011 Annual Report

NPDES 2013 Annual Report

NPDES 2014 Annual Report

NPDES 2015 Annual Report

NPDES 2016 Annual Report

NPDES 2017 Annual Report

NPDES 2018 Annual Report

NPDES 2019 Annual Report

NPDES 2020 Annual Report

Illicit Discharges Response Memo

Kankakee County Notice of Intenet (NOI) 2010

Kankakee County Notice of Intent (NOI) 2014 (5 Year Plan)

Kankakee County Notice of Intent (NOI) 2016

Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District

EcoCAT

Effective Immediately:

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EcoCAT

All Class II Grading and Drainage/Stormwater applications (Class I, as deemed necessary by Staff) are now required to submit an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Ecological Compliance Assessment Tool (EcoCAT) results report at the time of filing the application. 

This must be completed to comply with the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act [520 ILCS 10/11(b)] and the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act [525 ILCS 30/17].  These laws require state agencies and units of local governments to consider the potential adverse effects of proposed actions on the Illinois endangered and threatened species and sites listed on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory.

In 2006, IDNR implemented EcoCAT, an internet based system designed to facilitate the consultation process.  EcoCAT uses databases, Geographic Information System mapping, and a set of programmed decision rules to determine if your proposed action may be in the vicinity of protected natural resources.  EcoCAT will provide a report to determine if your proposed action is in the vicinity of any protected natural resources. 

You receive a natural resource review report that either:

  • Terminates consultation if no resources are in the vicinity; or
  • Lists resources that may be in the vicinity and identifies the staff member who will review the action. After review, staff will either:
       
    • Terminate consultation because adverse effects are unlikely,
    • Request additional information, or
    • Recommend methods to minimize potential adverse effects.

The report is then utilized by decision makers in assisting with the evaluation of the proposed project / request. 

The report is offered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  You may request an EcoCAT report or find additional information about the process at http://dnrecocat.state.il.us/ecopublic/

 
 

Kankakee County Planning Department
189 E. Court Street, Room 201  Kankakee, IL  60901
Phone: 815.937.2940   |   Fax: 815.937.2974
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