Stormwater Management Program Plan
Due to the size and format of the SMPP, the SMPP has
been made available for public viewing at the City Hall or
by appointment, in lieu of online posting.
Annual Report For NPDES Phase II MS4
Countywide Stormwater Outreach
Notice Of Intent MS4
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Storm Drain Protection - Only Rain in Storm Drains!
Have you ever wondered where exactly the stuff that runs
into a storm drain goes? The mysterious pipes hidden beneath
those metal grates on your street corner usually connect to
a nearby river or creek. In some places, storm drains send
water underground, and these aquifers are even harder to
clean up than streams. Thatís why storm drains are only for
the rain and snowmelt!
You can help ensure that our rivers and drinking water
sources are clean by keeping pollution out of neighborhood
storm drains. Pledge to keep your storm drain clear of
leaves and debris and never dump anything into a storm
1. Keep storm drains clear
- City and county crews work to keep storm drains
clear, but with thousands of drains across the state,
they need your help. You can reduce street flooding by
keeping storm drain grates clear of leaves and debris.
- Take a look at the storm drain grates in front of
your home or business before and right after a rain or
snow storm. Check to make sure they are free of leaves
- Use a rake or pitch fork to clear leaves and debris
from the storm drain. Please use caution! Do not put
your feet or hands into the storm drain because
dangerous debris could collect there. Do not try to
remove the grate, only the debris on top of the grate.
Dispose of leaves in your yard waste container or
- When leaves fall into the street, rake them one foot
away from the curb so they wonít block the path of rain
- If you canít clean a clogged storm drain yourself,
notify your city or county public works department that
help is needed.
2. Never dump in a storm drain
- Dumping into a storm drain isn't just wrong, it's
against the law. Automotive fluid, paint, household
materials, pesticides: none of these things should be
poured into a storm drain where they end up polluting
our rivers and groundwater. Did you know that 90% of
stream pollution is due to storm water run-off?
- Draining your pool or hot tub to the storm drain?
Not ok. Better to send it into the sewer via a toilet,
sink or tub drain.
- Washing cars on grass in your yard, or at a car wash
will keep the phosphates from entering streams and
- Dumping out coffee or soda from your car? Instead of
pouring it into the street, pour it onto a lawn or
planted area where the soil can soak it up and break it
down. Better yet, bring it inside and pour it down the
- If you change your oil at home, do it over the grass
where toxins can sink into the ground slowly, rather
than running off the driveway and into the storm drains.
If your car does leak oil onto your driveway, remove it
from the surface before it rains. NEVER pour oil down
- Disposing of hazardous chemicals? Take hazardous
chemicals to a household hazardous waste top-off site.
To find one in your area visit
Recycle Your Holiday Lights
Don't know what to do with the old strands of Christmas
lights that are tangled and broken? Donít throw them in the
garbage - recycle them! The City of Darien has again
partnered with Elgin Recycling to offer our residents free
recycling of holiday lights! Last year Darien residents
recycled 1214 pounds of Holiday Lights. Not only did this
keep them from ending up in the landfill, the city made a
profit of $182.10.
All light colors and strand
lengths will be accepted. Items include mini-lights (Italian
lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, and
extension cords. (Please - no CFLs). From November 20, 2012
through February 10, 2013 you may bring your lights to the
Darien Police Department lobby at 1710 Plainfield Road
Monday thru Friday from 6:00am to 10:00pm, and Saturday and
Sunday from 7:00am to 3:00pm. For more information please
call 630-353-8115 or visit
Public Information for Stormwater Management
Click here to visit the DuPage County website and learn
more about Stormwater Management.
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