An Illicit discharge occurs any time something other then storm water enters a storm drain, with the exception of water from fire fighting equipment or a facility that is under NPDES permit. Examples of an illicit discharge can include toxic polutants, pest control chemicals, lawn care chemicals and pet waste.
Why is this bad?
Illicit discharges are a problem because unlike waste water which will be processed at a wastewater treament facility before it is moved back into the normal waterways, Stormwater does not go to a treatment facility and instead will move back into the waterways filled with the unwanted additives.
How to help
Follow directions on all products that you use, whether your using chemicals to control pests, kill weeds, or fetilize your lawn, always follow the directions on the package. It will not only help you to save money by not over using the chemical but it will also prevent excess from entering into the Stormwater system.
The Town of Cedar Lake’s strategy to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to the MS4 conveyance system in accordance with the Town ’s Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) is presented below:
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Plan
Report an Illegal Discharge
lf you discover an illegal discharge please complete the following form and foward to the Town of Cedar Lake:
Public Complaint Form
Please visit the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination section on the EPA web site to better understand and participate in the elimination of illegal discharges into our waterways.