Stormwater & Environmental Team

Mission Statement

The Stormwater Environmental Division is ultimately focused on protecting and improving the quality of local bodies of water. This is done by implementing flood control systems, water monitoring, and enforcing water-friendly construction practices that follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Keeping environmental issues in mind, the division strives to keep the city’s water safe for recreation as well as usage at home.

Stormwater Master Plan – 2023 Update Process

The current City of Rockford Stormwater Master Plan, written in 2016, is being revised and updated. The plan will guide the stormwater program for the next five to ten years. It outlines the goals and objectives of the stormwater program and details current program expenditures and future investments. And it meets the requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s municipal stormwater permit program.

Planning stormwater improvements helps reduce property damages and increase public safety and health. Specific projects to address flooding and water quality are being developed and reviewed so that the City can proactively upgrade stormwater infrastructure and maximize its investment.

The City is hosting community meetings to gather information about stormwater concerns from residents and property owners. Please join us at the locations below. Additionally, community input is being gathered on the Stormwater Master Plan Update website. Use the link ( to fill out the interactive surveys online. All community input will be reviewed and incorporated appropriately into the master plan.

For more information on the plan, visit Rockford Stormwater Master Plan.

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Stormwater Reporting

Report a Drainage Inlet Problem

The City of Rockford requires all Storm Water-related calls to be answered by a live person. Please contact the City of Rockford Street Division 24 hours a day by calling 779-348-7260.

Stormwater Complaint

The storm drains in the street outside each property flow directly to waterways without any treatment. Therefore, it is with great importance that waste dumping is prohibited within street surfaces, drainage pipes, and ditches, or into storm drains. This structure is for rainwater only. Please report all dumping onto street surfaces, into storm drains, or into any other device built to contain rainfall or runoff to the Public Works Department Stormwater Division at 779-348-7175.

  • Erosion and Sedimentation Complaints: Pertains to observed excessive erosion and sedimentation from active construction sites.
  • Illicit Discharge Complaints: Pertains to observed illegal dumping into the stormwater system and/or streams. Anything entering the stormwater system that is not stormwater is considered an illicit discharge.

The City of Rockford requires all Stormwater related calls to be answered by a live person. Please contact the City of Rockford Street Division 24 hours a day by calling 779-348-7260.

To report an Emergency, call 911.