Fox River Study
For the past nine years, the City has participated in the Fox River Corridor study. This study is being done by a stakeholder group comprised of other river communities: Elgin, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora and environmental groups.
Stormwater Management Plan
The purpose of the City's Stormwater Management Program Plan (SMPP) (pdf) is to meet the minimum standards required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program. Federal regulations through the USEPA require that all Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), partially or fully in urbanized areas based on the 2000 census, obtain stormwater permits for their discharges into receiving waters. There are many different types of MS4s including municipalities, park districts, drainage districts, township highway departments, counties and county and state transportation departments (KCDOT and IDOT).
The SMPP describes the procedures and practices that can be implemented by the City of St. Charles toward the goal of reducing the discharge of pollutants within stormwater runoff in order to comply with Federal standards. Compliance with the plan is intended to protect water quality thus contributing to the following amenities:
- cleaner lakes and streams,
- improved recreational opportunities and tourism,
- flood damage reduction,
- better aesthetics and wildlife habitat, and
- a safer and healthier environment for the citizens.