Stormwater Ponds & Basins
Why do we need stormwater basins?
Buffalo Grove, before it really was Buffalo Grove, was comprised of fields, prairie, and trees. Turning the area into the homes and businesses we enjoy today took development over several decades. In the pre-development state, precipitation (rain, snow, etc.) would fall on much more porous surfaces: grasses, soil, trees, all these would soak up water and slow the leftover runoff into streams.
I received a notice in the mail about stormwater basins – now what?
The Village of Buffalo Grove wants to work with property owners to take care of our stormwater infrastructure. Many organizations are simply unaware of their maintenance responsibilities including areas of concern to keep an eye on and simple maintenance tasks that can be performed. Many times, urgent and/or costly actions can be avoided by keeping up with very minor maintenance.
If you feel you are not the appropriate contact, please feel free to contact Public Works at 847-459-2545 so we can sort out a suitable contact for all our towns stormwater basins.
Anatomy of a stormwater basin
Stormwater basins can vary based on a variety of factors, the main factor being whether it’s designed to hold water all the time (retention basins) or just part of the time after a storm (detention basins). Both types store stormwater coming in to be released at a slower rate exiting the basin.
Am I required to perform an inspection?
You (or your organization) are required to ensure the free and uninterrupted flow of stormwater through your parcel. These stormwater basins have been specifically engineered to ensure the developments met strict stormwater standards when they were being constructed; that requirement does not stop when construction is over.
Engineering has developed an example inspection sheet to help guide you as you perform the inspection (including a fillable PDF):Basin Inspection Checklist (Fillable)
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission Stormwater Best Practices
EPA: BMP Guide for Homeowners
The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission is excited to offer a FREE Homeowners Association Workshop on Tuesday, September 20, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. This event is for associations and property owners who are responsible for maintaining detention ponds, wetlands, and natural areas. Grants and funding opportunities will also be discussed.
The event will be hosted in a hybrid format (in-person at the Central Permit Facility in Libertyville and via Zoom). Interested folks can register using the Microsoft Form linked here. Each attendee should RSVP individually. In-person space is limited to 50 participants.
The Workshop is open to anyone, regardless of residence location. See Lake County’s Homeowners Best Practices site for more information: https://www.lakecountyil.gov/3548/Homeowner-Best-Practices