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Contrary to popular belief, the fee collected for the Drainage Permits does not serve as revenue to any other area but the Stormwater Program. Although the NPDES Phase II program is Federally mandated, the City receives no federal funds to operate the program. The fee collected funds the actual permit process including staff, vehicles and materials as well as inspections, compliance checks and enforcement.
If your project disturbs 1 acre of land or more, you will be required to file a notice of intent with the State of Illinois’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The City also requires a Class 2 Drainage Permit to be drawn but the requirements mimic what is already required by the Illinois EPA.
When in doubt, contact the Engineering Division of the Public Works Dept at 309.524.2363. Working without a permit means being out of compliance with both the City and State and can bring fines and legal action.
Erosion control practices should be inspected and maintained by the permit holder prior to any visit from the City. If the City inspections show inadequate protection of the site, permit holders will be contacted on a limited courtesy basis. If corrections are not made or if the site is not maintained to prevent erosion, a notice of violation, fines and legal action will follow.
The responsibility to maintain erosion control does not end or transfer until proper city staff verifies the project as permitted is complete and the site is stabilized. At that time, the permit will be closed out.
There are many options available for different site conditions and you may have to research before you determine the right practice for your project. There are also independent companies that specialize in erosion control that may be able to provide services for your project.
You may also contact the Engineering Division of the Dept of Public Works at 309.524.2363 with questions or concerns. The Engineering Division will operate within its parameters to assist in BMP decisions. Proper installation, maintenance, and inspections will be the responsibility of the permit holder.
For Class 2 Drainage Permits, projects 1-acre in size or more, design calculations and engineer certified existing and proposed drainage plans are required. These requirements mimic those of the Illinois EPA and Illinois state drainage law for site disturbance over 1-acre.
There are consequences for being in violation of the Stormwater Ordinance that can include fines of up to $750 per day, per violation as well as court costs and clean up charges. It is important to take the opportunity to learn about the Drainage Permit process so that appropriate steps can be taken before a project is started and to reduce the possibility of violations and/or fines. Again, contact the Engineering Division for assistance.
Class 2 Drainage Permits require more time to review because of the large quantity of information submitted, the City’s cooperative efforts with the Illinois EPA and the in-depth calculations required. The City will make every reasonable effort to provide a quick and hassle-free permit process.
For more information, visit the Stormwater webpage.
In order to meet new, federally-mandated regulations for discharging stormwater and pay for the associated storm sewer-related infrastructure costs, the City of Moline has chosen to implement a stormwater fee rather than raise property taxes or cut services.
Moline residents that have stormwater and/or sanitary sewer issues, please call the Stormwater Hotline at 309.524.2325 Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm; after 3:30 pm and weekends, call 309.524.2317.
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User equity – Fees are more proportional and give users more control over the amount charged. With fees, larger users pay more, and smaller users pay less. Users can also reduce the amount of the fee by taking steps to manage runoff. Property retaining 100% of their runoff can qualify for a 100% reduction in their fee. Also, properties, that drain 100% to a river or are 100% vacant may also qualify for a reduction in fee.
Dedicated funding – Fee revenue is segregated meaning the funds can only be used for the specific purpose for which they are collected. For example, stormwater fees can only be used for stormwater related costs. In contrast, tax revenues are available for almost any use, and competition for tax dollars have historically resulted in little, if any, funding for stormwater-related items.
Tax exempt property – Many properties in Moline such as property owned by the City, County, School District, Black Hawk College, and churches are granted tax exempt status. Many of these tax exempt properties have large amounts of impervious area. Assessing a Utility Fee on tax exempt properties ensures that all properties are assessed fairly based on their amount of runoff and does not create a system where the taxable properties subsidize the non-taxable properties.
Dumping leaves and grass clippings in a pile is often confused with the composting process, where organic lawn waste is actively managed and monitored to accelerate the break down of the waste into a useful end product. Dumped lawn waste, although biodegradeable, smothers existing vegetation and does not decompose. Unless you are turning, watering and checking the temperature of the pile, you are not composting.
Branches may be set out with your regular trash pick up but they must be bundled in 4’ lengths and cannot be more than 1 foot in diameter. Special waste pickups are also available for large branches and other material for $140. Information about disposal of a wide range of material is available on our Municipal Services page.
Overland flow or runoff that travels naturally across one property to another is considered part of the storm sewer system and must be maintained to ensure proper drainage in the City. If stormwater drainage patterns are altered, the flow must be allowed to run its natural course without restricting or increasing flow. Changes to drainage patterns must be permitted and approved by the City Engineer prior to any land disturbance.
Maintain ravines, ditches and other drainageways to allow flow. Landscaping, sheds and other structures can change intended flow patterns in your neighborhood so check with the City to see if there may be a drainage easement in your yard.
Do not litter. Even the smallest cigarette butt contributes to blocked pipes, flooding and degraded water quality. All the trash and debris in our streets flows to the storm sewer and eventually to the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. If you wouldn’t throw that lunch sack into the river, don’t throw it in the street or storm drain.
Manage your runoff. Use rain barrels, plantings or rock basins to contain your gutter and sump flow so it soaks into the ground instead of flowing overland and onto your neighbors. This can prevent erosion and reduce the impact your property has on the City storm sewer.
Take your leftover paint, used oil, and cleaning products to the appropriate household hazardous waste collection center for proper disposal. Never, never dump these items into the storm system. Stormwater goes untreated directly into our rivers. View the Earth 911 website, put in the item you need to dispose of and your zip code for disposal locations near you.