Stormwater & Environmental Team
The Stormwater Environmental department is ultimately focused on protecting and improving the quality of local water bodies. This is done by implementing flood control systems, water monitoring, and enforcing water-friendly construction practices that follow EPA’s standards. Keeping environmental issues in mind, we strive to keep Rockford’s water safe for recreation as well as use at home.
Stormwater Master Plan
The purpose of a Stormwater Master Plan is to develop a comprehensive planning approach to manage stormwater quality and quantity throughout the City. Planning helps to mitigate potential damage to property and infrastructure and ensure public safety and health.
The City of Rockford Stormwater Master Plan (SWMP) was developed as part of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) requirements by the State of Illinois of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater discharge permit program. This SWMP outlines the City of Rockford’s objectives, goals, programs, and standard operating procedures to provide policy and management guidance for activities affecting stormwater throughout the City of Rockford.
The City of Rockford Engineering Division hosted two public meetings to introduce the Stormwater Management Program and ask for feedback from its residents. Below you will find the final comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan, and corresponding presentation. The focus of the plan is the importance of a properly managed stormwater system and the goals and strategies identified to improve the health and safety of its residents through the stormwater program.
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.
The storm drains in the street outside your home flow directly to waterways without any treatment. It is therefore very important that no one be allowed to dump waste of any kind onto the street surfaces, drainage pipes, and ditches, or into storm drains – they are only for rainwater. If you see someone dumping anything onto street surfaces, into storm drains, or into any other device built to contain rainfall or runoff, please report it immediately by calling the Department of Public Works at (779) 348-7260.
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 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.
To report an Emergency, call 9-1-1