Stormwater Quality Management

Updated December 2023 – As leaves fall, the City of East Chicago would like to request assistance from its residents in keeping all storm drains clear of leaf litter. Proper disposal of fallen leaves is vital for the health of our storm drain systems. 

Information on The City's Bagless Leaf Collection Program can be found by clicking here.



November 16th marks the 33rd birthday of the NPDES Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program, making this a major day in the stormwater sector. 

Since 1990, thousands of communities, along with qualifying institutions and other entities, have developed MS4 programs and implemented millions of stormwater control measures collectively to address urban runoff pollution.

For more information, and to learn how you can help, click  here.

Compost Your Leaves

If you are looking for a more sustainable alternative to standard leaf pickup, the fall is the perfect time to start a compost bin. Not only is this option better for the environment, reducing waste, emissions, and energy costs, but it is also a great way to start creating nutrient-rich fertilizer to be used in the spring. 

Find information on composting by clicking here.

Report Stormwater Quality Concerns

If you have any stormwater related questions, concerns, or observations, such as:

  • A question about what should or should not be entering the storm drain
  • A concern about a plugged up storm drain
  • An observation of someone pouring substances down the storm drain

Please do not hesitate to immediately report to the East Chicago Stormwater Department by dialing 219.391.8466.

Flood Prevention Video

Stormwater Education

Stormwater Strategies: Housekeeping

Sewer Debris PSA

Liquid Assets Movie

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Find us at special events or email our stormwater inspector at for information on how to obtain some of our free stormwater promotional items, pictured below! 

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