Toll Free 1-877-257-9777

News

Do you know your terms involving stormwater runoff?

Sep 27, 2016

By Steve Tarter
Journal Star city of Peoria reporter

{"Sediment Plume" Photo Credit: Jonathon Holley M.S. '08, College of William & Mary}

PEORIA — The Peoria City Council will hear about proposed changes to the city's ordinance regarding stormwater control at Tuesday's meeting.

Changes will have a definite impact on Peoria residents since the cost to reduce stormwater waste has been estimated at about $200 million.

To stop untreated sewage entering the Illinois River during periods of heavy rain or snowfall, city officials seek the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on using "green" infrastructure such as rain gardens, green alleys and curb extensions to reduce combined sewer overflows.

In an effort to help the public understand the issue better, along with communicating what residents will need to do to comply with new regulations to offset overflow, we provide an explanation of some of the terms that we may all need to know that will be part of the ordinance.

Stormwater ordinance terms

Adjacent lands: surrounding land that may either affect a site, or be affected by potential soil erosion, sediment, and/or stormwater runoff as a result of land disturbing activities conducted on a site, and at a minimum is an area within 50 feet of the site.

Appeals board: the erosion, sediment and stormwater control appeals board.

Disturbed area: any land on which the pre-development ground surface will be affected or altered by development activities. This includes grading, clearing, stock piling, tracking and other similar activities.

Erosion: the gradual destruction of something by natural forces (such as water, wind, or ice).

Erosion control administrator: appointed by the Peoria city manager.

Land disturbing activity: any change in land which may result in soil erosion from water or wind and the movement of sediments into state, county or city waters or lands, or a change in the amount and/or intensity of stormwater runoff.

Perimeter control: any control measure installed between the down slope side of the disturbed area and the property line and/or between the down slope side of the disturbed area and any area of concentrated flow.

Regional stormwater management system: a system which is designed, constructed and maintained to provide stormwater control for multiple land owners.

Twenty-five-year frequency storm event: storm rainfall depth during a 24-hour period which is exceeded, on the average, once every 25 years.

Two-year frequency storm event: storm rainfall depth during a 24-hour period which is exceeded, on the average, once every two years.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Steve Tarter is the Peoria accountability reporter.

He can be reached at 686-3260 or [email protected].

Follow him on Twitter@SteveTarter.

« Back to Articles

Well Detailed Course Material!

"The course material was well detailed. I would recommend your course to all my associates."


Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

Chaffin F., South Carolina
Committed Clients: