Stormwater & Environmental Management
We appreciate your visit to the Storm Water & Environmental Management website. It may be asked why these two divisions are linked together in this way. The answer is rooted in the City of Woodstock's real commitment towards being a true advocate for our local environment, and this starts with our storm water runoff.
Storm Water and Environmental Management are closely associated not only for regulatory purposes, but for the environmental rewards attained by coordinating the two disciplines. The environment is directly impacted daily from the runoff that is generated by the countless ways in which liquids and solids can enter into our ground and sub-surface waters. The most significant of these runoffs is through the storm water system of catch basins, culverts, curbs, pipes, swales, ditches, and other conveyances which transport rainwater through, around, and under our human development. These conveyances flow by gravity down to our streams and creeks, and ultimately to our river and lake.
The Stormwater Division falls under City of Woodstock Public Works. The Stormwater Division is responsible for planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of Woodstock's stormwater system. The activities of the division are geared towards the prevention of flooding and reduction of pollution. Woodstock's stormwater utility fee provides a dedicated funding source to address system maintenance, operations, planning and water quality needs.
What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is the runoff that results from rainfall. As this water flows over construction sites, lawns, driveways, parking lots, and streets, it picks up sediment, nutrients, bacteria, metals, pesticides, and other pollutants. Unlike sanitary sewers that go to a treatment plant, most storm water is discharged directly to local water bodies. Increasing amounts of impervious surfaces in urban areas, such as roof tops, driveways, parking lots, and streets, decreases the ability of the water to soak into the ground, thus increasing the potential for flooding from greater volumes of runoff entering the city’s storm sewer system at a faster rate.