Soil erosion is the removal of soil by wind or water. It is a natural process that can be accelerated by construction, agriculture or other land disturbing activities which leave disturbed land exposed to the elements for long periods of time.
Without proper planning, sediments and other pollutants can wash or blow offsite even in the smallest wind or rain event. These pollutants will end up in the City of Rockford’s stormwater system which includes creeks, ditches and underground piping. All these pollutants eventually end up in the Rock River. None of the City’s storm water is treated prior to entering the river. By allowing these pollutants to enter the river and other water bodies, not only are we hurting the economic impact of these water bodies but it also increases the possibility of flooding and costs associated with cleaning these water courses.
To help reduce the impact of soil erosion the City of Rockford has requirements that must be followed on construction sites. The City enforces these requirements through plan reviews and site inspections.
Included on this page are tools and resources for construction site operators that will help them comply with City of Rockford as well as Illinois EPA requirements which are the same.