The Environmental and Forestry Commission supports the Public Works Department’s efforts to find economical, effective, equitable and environmentally sound solutions to the Village’s management of all of our water resources including the quality of our drinking water, water conservation, and stormwater management and flooding issues. Residents can assist by adopting green practices such as rain gardens, rain barrels, bio-swales and permeable pavement options.
Preserving our water quality begins with the proper disposal of any chemicals, paints , solvents, drugs, sediments and other contaminants that can enter Lake Michigan and surrounding streams through runoff or by improper disposal through drains or sewers. The Village of Winnetka has many programs to inform and assist residents on all water quality and flooding issues.
Coal Tar Evaluation
In April, 2014, the Village Council asked the EFC to study and make a recommendation about a potential ban on coal-tar based sealants, as a local environmental regulation that would benefit water quality. In July, the EFC made its recommendation and on August 19, the Village Council adopted Ordinance No. MC-7-2014, which banned the use of coal tar-based sealing agents on all (public and private) driveways, parking lots and all other roadway surfaces. Other suitable sealing products are available.
See the additional documentation on the coal tar ban below:
Stormwater and Flooding
Please follow the Winnetka Stormwater Management Program for complete and current information on the Village’s current Stormwater Master Plan.
Stormwater Best Management Practices Guide for Residents - This guide was developed by the Winnetka Environmental and Forestry Commission as a resource for homeowners to help educate and give practical examples of ways to help make properties stormwater-friendly.
Disposal of Drugs
The Village of Winnetka Fire Department hosts a safe drug disposal program. Please click here for complete and current information on the Village’s disposal of hazardous medical waste (prescription and non-prescription drugs).
Chemicals, Paints & Solvents
For additional information on the proper disposal of household chemicals, paints and solvents please visit the IEPA (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) web site.
Click here to view local paint disposal locations.