Rockford recognized for stormwater management efforts

Staff Report

The City of Rockford was recognized Thursday by the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management during its annual conference, receiving the 2016 Stormwater Management Award.

Rockford was recognized for its overall efforts to improve stormwater management, something Interim Director of Public Works (DPW) Matt Vitner has been a priority for his department.

“I am proud of Marcy Leach and the Public Works stormwater staff for leading the way to create and implement excellence in this field,” Vitner said in a statement.

Leach, who accepted the award Thursday, holds a Certified Floodplain Manager credential and serves as the city’s Stormwater and Floodplain Manager as a component of her public works engineering operations manager role.

“Marcy and staff have worked diligently and tirelessly over the last several years along with Patrick Hayes and the legal department to build a stormwater program around the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Phase I National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit.”

Rockford is currently the only city in the state to hold a Phase I permit, given to cities with over 100,000 in population that maintain separate storm and sanitary sewer systems.

DPW says continued upgrades to the policies and procedures of the city’s stormwater management “will continue to enhance the safety and welfare of the community moving forward.”

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