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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II

Below is this year's customizable reporting template, which can be used to create your Year 12 Annual Facility Inspection Report (i.e., Annual Report).  Before using the template to create your Annual Report, please carefully review the information provided in the red, dashed "tip" boxes preceding each part of the template. These "tip" boxes provide useful information and helpful tips for completing your Annual Report. They should be deleted prior to submitting your report to IEPA.   

Year 12 Annual Facility Inspection Report 

In addition to completing your Annual Report, you should complete and sign IEPA’s Annual Facility Inspection Report Form.  That form is available for download on IEPA’s website:   

As a reminder, your annual reporting packet (i.e., Annual Report and Annual Facility Inspection Form) should be sent to IEPA by no later than June 1, 2015.  The packet should be submitted directly to IEPA using the following e-mail address:; there is no need to submit a copy to SMC.

Please contact Mike Novotney at or 847.377.7715 with any questions about the template or any general questions about IEPA's NPDES Stormwater Program.  

Notice of Intent (NOI)

Many, if not all, local MS4s recently received a letter from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) containing a reminder about the upcoming expiration of the current version of IEPA’s General NPDES Permit No. ILR40 (Permit) on March 31, 2014. That same letter stated that all MS4s currently regulated under IEPA’s NPDES Municipal Stormwater Program must either submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage under the new Permit or apply for a waiver from the program by September 30, 2013.

SMC remains committed to assisting Lake County MS4s in meeting the requirements of IEPA’s NPDES Municipal Stormwater Program and has created a customizable template that can be used to develop a NOI for coverage under the new Permit. The template, along with instructions for its use, is available below.

     Summary of Proposed QLP Stormwater Management Activities

     Summary of Proposed MS4 Stormwater Management Activities 

Please note that since IEPA has not yet released the new version of the Permit to the public, the template was created based on the contents of the current version of the permit. As a result, the template’s contents are consistent with that of other templates recently provided by SMC (i.e., SMPP, Annual Report). Since it is difficult to predict the changes that the IEPA will make to the new version of the Permit, the NOI template was written in a way that reflects a continued commitment (on the part of both SMC and the MS4) to performing the stormwater management activities that are currently conducted related to the requirements of the current version of the Permit. When developing your NOI, be sure to look back at your SMPP, if you have one, as well as your previous Annual Reports, to ensure consistency between your program documents.

Please also note that the template was created based on the Stormwater Management Program Plan (SMPP) template previously provided by SMC. Consequently, it describes a stormwater management program that closely matches the one described in the SMPP template. MS4s that: (1) have not yet created an SMPP; (2) have created an SMPP, but used resources other than the SMPP template to do so; or, (3) have created an SMPP using the SMPP template, but modified the contents of the template to more accurately reflect their own stormwater management programs, should carefully review and revise, as appropriate, the template, particularly those sections that describe the MS4’s proposed stormwater management activities. Failure to review such information may lead to reporting errors and/or unintentional commitments for your stormwater management program.

As a reminder, your NOI should be sent to IEPA by no later than September 30, 2013. It should be submitted directly to IEPA at the following address: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Water, Division of Water Pollution Control, ATTN: Permit Section, PO Box 19276, 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62794-9276; there is no need to submit a copy to SMC.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions about the template or any general questions about IEPA’s NPDES Stormwater Program. 

Mike Novotney

Municipal Advisory Committee

The countywide approach that has been taken toward the implementation of IEPA’s NPDES Municipal Stormwater Program in Lake County places SMC in the role of a Qualifying Local Program (QLP).  In this role, SMC proactively formed the Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC) as a way to coordinate the efforts of Lake County MS4s during implementation of IEPA’s NPDES Municipal Stormwater Program.  SMC continues to facilitate MAC meetings and to provide general support to Lake County MS4s as they implement their stormwater management programs. 

Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

(1)  Excal Visual “Municipal Stormwater Pollution Prevention Everyday Best Management Practices” DVD. The DVD can be used to train municipal employees on pollution prevention/good housekeeping practices.  To borrow the DVD, please review and complete the borrow agreement below. 

     Excal Visual Borrow Agreement

Stormwater Management Program Plan (SMPP) Template

SMC has completed a minor revision of the SMPP template, which was last revised in April 2009, to provide additional guidance on addressing the annual monitoring and program assessment requirements of IEPA’S General NPDES Permit No. ILR40. The revisions were completed using the “Track Changes” tool. The tool should be used to track the changes made by “Michael Novotney,” as these represent the latest revisions to the template. These changes can then, at the sole discretion of the MS4, be integrated into the MS4’s existing SMPP.

SMPP Template Base Files

Two versions of the SMPP template are provided:

SMPP Recommendations - This template should be viewed by an entity that has already created a SMPP. The user should search through the document for tracked changes. The changes can then be integrated into the MS4’s  existing SMPP. The appendices to the SMPP Recommendations template are below.

SMPP Revised - This template should be used by any entity that has not yet created its SMPP. It has all the recommended changes already incorporated.

Track Forms also provided. These forms include task lists for annual, as needed and on-going tasks to be done as identified in the SMPP. The tasks correspond with the commitment made in the MS4s SMPP.  It is important that the user review the task list compared to their specific SMPP; sections omitted from or added to the SMPP template by the MS4 should be reflected in the task list. The task lists should be reviewed by the Stormwater Coordinator of the MS4 each year to set goals and their completion dates.

SMPP Recommendations Appendices

​​​​​​​​​​About Lake County's NPDES Phase II Program

The goal of NPDES Phase II is to preserve, protect, and improve water quality resources by reducing pollutants in stormwater runoff. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) administers the NPDES II program as authorized by the Clean Water Act. The NPDES Phase II permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources (i.e., pipes) and nonpoint sources (i.e., runoff) that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.

Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.

Nearly every municipality, township and drainage district in Lake County are permittees under the IEPA's NPDES Phase II program. Measurable, annual objectives addressing 6 “minimum control standards” are required. One advantage Lake County has over others is that through the countywide activities of SMC, including the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO), 4 of the 6 Phase II program components are already in place.

Lake County's Approach to Implementation

SMC, through the Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC), is coordinating the local program and providing technical assistance and outreach services. This approach still gives the local entities freedom to tailor their own programs to meet the six minimum control standards outlined in the NPDES regulations.

MAC provides a forum for local government permittees to share information; assist with annual report and Notice of Intent (NOI) filing, and other program requirements; and identify and plan for needed training.  

Benefits of Lake County's NPDES Phase II Program

  • SMC is the sponsor of local program.
  • Each entity submits its own NOI.
  • Each entity is responsible for implementation of its program (with assistance from SMC).
  • Entities can take advantage of 4 of 6 minimum control standards already in place.
  • Allows a local entity to tailor its own program. 


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