Become a gate keeper of our waterways by registering for the Village’s new Grate Keepers Program. Residents and businesses can now adopt the storm water inlets near their property and pledge to clean the areas around them to reduce local flooding and keep litter and yard waste from polluting local waterways and impeding proper flow.
Rain washes anything that’s on streets and paved surfaces down storm drains and into the local branches of the Chicago River, and eventually to the Mississippi River and to the Gulf of Mexico. Dog poop carries harmful bacteria. Leaves, grass and dirt feed algae and turn lakes and rivers green. Trash clogs drains and pipes, causing flooding. With more than 4,000 individual inlets and catch basins in the Village, this is a task that Public Works cannot tackle all on its own.
Participants will be e-mailed a welcome packet containing instructions on how to properly clean around storm grates, materials needed and safety information. The Village will send e-mails to participants a few times a year reminding them of their commitment.