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To dissuade the dumping of oil or other chemicals into sewers, Cub Scout Pack 42, and volunteer Joanne Dooley, recently stenciled “No Dumping – drains to waterways” in front of storm inlets.
The stenciling took place in the Hammerschmidt School neighborhood and the industrial area north of North Avenue.
Preventing pollutants from entering storm drains helps to keep the receiving waterways clean. Lombard straddles two watersheds, which are areas where rainfall runoff drains to a waterway. Two thirds of Lombard drains to the East Branch of the DuPage River and the remaining third drains to Salt Creek. Pollutants entering storm sewers flows into one of these waterways.
In addition, a new informational sign has been placed on the watershed divide on Wilson Avenue, in front of the Village Hall. According to Jan Roehll, DuPage County Program Director for The Conservation Foundation, “ponds, streams and rivers are better protected and problems are more often reported when people understand the specific watershed that they live in.” Stencils and paint were provided by the Conservation Foundation, the County of DuPage, and the Village of Lombard.
Contact the Lombard Public Works Department at 630-620-5740 for more information.