Storm Drain Adoption
This year, the Village of Itasca is asking you to consider adopting a storm drain in your neighborhood. Storm drains are the open grates found along the edges of our streets and in some of our local parkways. These storm drains are designed to collect storm water and direct it to underground storm sewers. The storm sewers then direct the storm water to local retention and detention ponds, or local streams. Any pollution or debris that goes down a storm drain winds up entering these same waterways.
If there is a storm drain near your home, please help take care if it
throughout the year. Keep it free from debris and remove any litter that
may get caught there. While the Village does have all streets swept
with a commercial street sweeper regularly during the spring, summer and
fall, yard waste and trash can build up between sweepings. These leaves
and other debris (and during the winter - snow and ice) can quickly
clog the storm drain, preventing water from entering. This causes local
flooding, which creates problems for you and your neighbors. Help clear
away materials that may clog the storm water intake. Keep the curb in
front of your house free of debris that could be washed down toward the
Please do not dump anything down into the storm drains. Anything going into the storm drains eventually winds up in our local ponds and streams. Dispose of oil, antifreeze and other liquid wastes with licensed recyclers. If everyone does a little, we can all enjoy cleaner, healthier neighborhoods this year.
This article is part of the Village’s ongoing Public Education and Outreach program, in support of our National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (NPDES MS4) permit.