|Watershed Management Ordinance|
The Watershed Management Ordinance (WMO) applies to all development within the boundaries of Cook County, Illinois, and qualified sewer construction within the District’s corporate boundaries or service agreement areas. Components which are regulated under the WMO include qualified sewer construction, drainage and detention, volume control, floodplain management, isolated wetland protection, riparian environment protection, and soil erosion and sediment control. The WMO went into effect on May 1, 2014 and the District’s Board of Commissioners most recently amended the WMO on July 10, 2014. The WMO is accessible through the link below.
WMO (As amended on July 10, 2014 meeting) (7.2 MB)
The District developed a Technical Guidance Manual (TGM), which will serve as a technical reference to the WMO. The TGM documents are accessible through the links below.
Technical Guidance Manual (TGM) (Updated September 2015)
Appendix C. Standard Details & Notes (Updated July 2016)
Request to be added to our contact list to keep current with the latest WMO updates via email WMOupdates@mwrd.org.
If you have any questions regarding an inspection, contact the Field Office at (708) 588-4055.
If an applicant has reviewed all available WMO resources and still has questions on whether or not a Watershed Management Permit is required for a particular project, the applicant may petition the District (in writing) for a determination.
A letter describing the project, with any supporting exhibits and documentation, should be sent to: