Do you have a water quality question and are wondering who might be a good first point of contact?  A variety of local governments have jurisdiction in the watershed, depending on where you’re located.  There are also other agencies that might be able to assist with common questions and concerns. The following is a brief listing of some common questions and concerns, along with who may be able to assist you in obtaining some answers.  Please keep in mind, some agencies are available as a local resource.  They should not be viewed as the one who can solve a problem.  Everyone has to work together and there often is not a “silver bullet” to solving a concern.  While this is not an exhaustive list, it will give you an idea how to get started and know the appropriate contact for various issues so you don’t spin your wheels. 

 

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Kendall or Grundy County planning offices

  • Construction site soil erosion and sediment control problems in (or caused by) unincorporated areas
  • Individual, neighborhood, watershed scale problems
  • Violation of local regulations
  • Access to and navigation of federal floodplain maps
  • Drainage complaints

Have responsibility to inspect and respond to water quality complaints in unincorporated areas; can require remedial activity if in violation of applicable ordinances; can assist in determining approximate location of floodplain on properties.

Local municipalities (in the watershed that includes):

  • Channahon
  • Joliet
  • Lisbon
  • Minooka
  • Morris
  • Oswego
  • Plainfield
  • Plattville
  • Shorewood
  • Yorkville

 

  • Lot/neighborhood level drainage concerns
  • Emergency response, sandbag distribution
  • Construction site soil erosion and sediment control problems in applicable incorporated area
  • Use of stormwater Best Management Practices in new or redevelopment activities
  • Violation of local regulations
  • Access to and navigation of federal floodplain maps.
  • Drainage complaints

Usually have staff or budget through planning or public works to handle common problems in addition to construction site problems; can assist in determining approximate location of floodplain on properties.

Kendall or Grundy County Soil & Water Conservation District

  • Technical assistance on soil erosion issues.
  • Information related to soils and common issues with their performance.
  • Educational assistance in the form of workshops, presentations, brochures, pamphlets, handouts, etc.
  • Access to and navigation of federal floodplain maps.
  • Kendall County SWCD only: inspect construction site for stormwater Best Management Practice construction/installation.

Agricultural, urban, and water body-related guidance; provides technical assistance, education and information on cost-share programs, field staff may make site visits to evaluate complex problems.

Township Highway Departments

  • Drainage concerns are within the right-of-way of a township road.

Sometimes staff is able to reduce local flooding problems by improvements along right-of-way, but is not common; policies vary from township to township; not able to assist in areas outside its own right-of-way

Kendall or Grundy Department of Transportation

  • Bridges, culverts and ditches located within the right-of-way of county roads

Maintains all bridges, culverts and ditches with the right-of-way of county highways.

Kendall or Grundy Health Department

  • Well and septic related problems

Primary concern for individual wells and septics, will assist if flooding problem results in failure of septic or contamination of well.

US Geological Survey – Urbana, IL

  • Provides real-time, unofficial river/stream stage information, rain totals

Data available at http://il.water.usgs.gov

 

 

Contact Information at Your Fingertips

Kendall County

(630) 553-4141

(630) 553-9100

(630) 553-7616

Grundy County

(815) 941-3404

(815) 942-0363

Municipalities

Other Contacts

Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District

Grundy County Soil & Water Conservation District

Kendall County Farm Bureau

(630) 553-7403

Grundy County Farm Bureau

(815) 942-6400