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)

Draft WMO Amendment

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 2015)

Permit Resources:

WMO Permit Application Forms and Fees

Permit Flow Charts

Permit Checklists

Information Pamphlets for Developers and Homeowners

WMO Design Calculators

WMO Model Templates

Authorized Municipalities and Multi-County Municipalities

Other Resources:

Watershed Management Ordinance: Short Summary

Permit Inquiries (Request Copies of Past Issued Permits)

Permit Revision Information

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Presentations

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 about the WMO, contact Ms. Justine Skawski at (312) 751-3261 or SkawskiJ@mwrd.org or Mr. Dan Feltes at (312) 751-3247 or FeltesD@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:

Justine Skawski
Engineering Department - Local Sewer Systems Section
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
111 East Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2893