Countywide Stormwater Management Plan

is the Countywide Stormwater Management Plan?

The Madison County Stormwater Management Commission and the Building & Zoning Department are completing a Countywide Stormwater Management Plan.  The purpose of the plan is to address issues associated with stormwater for both incorporated and unincorporated parts of the county.  The countywide approach is intended to put everyone on the same page and create multi-jurisdictional opportunities instead of addressing issues individually.  Over the last few years planners have been working with municipalities and townships to identify a wide-range of flooding, drainage, and water quality issues and establish best management practices to address them.  The overall goals of the plan are as follows:

  • Reduce flooding and mitigate flood damage
  • Improve water quality
  • Promote best practices for land development
  • Develop organizational and regulatory framework
  • Conduct public education and outreach
An outgrowth of the management framework are individual watershed plans.  The watershed plans provide the opportunity to identify and examine specific issues on a local level and propose projects to alleviate those issues.  The watershed plans also provide greater opportunity for public input through a public forums, stakeholder meetings, and resident surveys.
The geographic boundaries of the watersheds are associated with the primary creek system within the larger drainage area.  This strategy was chosen since it involves multiple municipalities and townships that are linked together by the creek and each watershed has shared impacts.  Planners are currently working on plans for the Silver Creek and Cahokia Creek (which include Indian and Canteen Creeks) watersheds and are gearing up for a process that will cover the American Bottom watershed, which is also known as Judy’s Branch.  Watersheds that will be addressed in the next few years include Wood River Creek, Sugar Creek, Portage de Sioux, and the East Fork Silver Creek.

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Planning Process and Timeline

The Stormwater Commission meets every two months to discuss different aspects of the plan.  Planning staff is currently wrapping up several sections that will complete the document.  The plan will need to be review by the municipalities and townships and by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources before a public hearing is scheduled and the Stormwater Commission can make a recommendation to the Madison County Board. 

Plan Structure

The draft plan is composed of the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Planning Context
Chapter 2: Information & Issue Identification
Chapter 3:  Watershed Descriptions
Chapter 4:  Predominant Issues
Chapter 5:  Best Management Practices
Chapter 6:  Objectives and Recommendations
Chapter 7:  Implementation

More Information

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If you have questions please contact:
Marc Hohlt
Stormwater Coordinator
Madison County Building & Zoning Department
(618) 296-4665

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