National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
Water pollution degrades surface waters, making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming and other activities.
As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches.
Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program is responsible for significant improvements to our nation's water quality. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.
The City of Elgin discharges stormwater from its storm sewer system under IEPA General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit No. ILR40.
As a condition of the permit, the City is required to set goals for a five-year period in order to reduce pollution to the receiving waters. These goals are described in the Notice of Intent.
How to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff
The City of Elgin sponsors or participants in a number of programs that help improve water quality by working to eliminate pollutants:
Rain Barrel program
City Waste Collection
Kane County Recycles
Sustainability Action Plan
Impacts of stormwater discharges on water bodies
More information can be found in the following articles or fact sheets:
Managing Your Household Chemicals
Pet Waste and Water Quality
Rethinking Yard Care
Rivers and Streams Begin at your Front Door
Storm Sewers – Rivers Beneath our Feet
EPA launches Green Infrastructure Website
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Getting more involved
Many area organizations have an interest in protecting the quality of our water. Contact any of the following organizations and find out how you can get involved.
Kane County Stormwater Management
Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District
Friends of the Fox River
Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
Fox River Study Group
The Sierra Club
The Conservation Foundation
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition