Where does the stormwater go?

Storm water that does not evaporate or seep into the ground drains into over miles of underground storm sewer pipe that carry surface runoff to the Mississippi River (and in some areas Sugar Creek and Rock River). Every time it rains, thousands of gallons of storm water enter our storm sewer system. As the runoff flows across lawns, driveways, parking lots and streets, it collects pollutants.

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1. What is stormwater?
2. Where does the stormwater go?
3. What type of materials can I use for fill material?
4. What is stormwater pollution?
5. What rules and regulations control stormwater issues?
6. My neighbor’s stormwater runs on my property, can I divert it?
7. Can I change how stormwater flows across my property?
8. There is a ravine/stream through my property; who is responsible to maintain it?
9. There is a swale or open drainage channel through my property; who is responsible to maintain it?
10. Can I put yard waste, tree limbs, compost, concrete, chemicals, etc. into my ravine?
11. Why can’t I dump my natural material (yard waste, sticks, compost, etc.) into my ravine?
12. What is a rain garden?
13. What is NPDES Phase II and Who is Affected?
14. How Do the Phase II Rules Affect Industry?
15. How Do The Phase II Rules Affect Construction Sites?