City Will Pay to Settle
The EPA has fined the city of Rockford, Illinois, $329,395 for failing to implement proper stormwater controls. Since 1996, when it received permits under the Clean Water Act, the city believed it had been meeting federal standards. But a federal audit in 2007 revealed several deficiencies.
Now, the city must meet stormwater management requirements in order to avoid further penalties. This will include a $5.3 million annual expense, which means having to tighten the city budget. The city council will also be asked to implement a master plan for controlling flooding and ensuring quality of water. Parts of the plan will include cleaning 30,000 stormwater inlets, repairing sewers, and improving the city’s street sweeping program.