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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

List of licensed pavement sealant contractors.

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

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.

Chemicals, Paints & Solvents

Click here to view local paint disposal locations.

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