Coastal Clean Waters Program

Overview of the Program

The IDNR Coastal Management Program (CMP), in partnership with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), has been developing a Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (also known as the Coastal Clean Waters Program). The goal of the program is to reduce pollutants that may impact Lake Michigan and the waters within the Illinois Coastal Zone.  The creation of this program is in compliance with Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990. For more information, visit: ​​

CMP submitted the proposed program documents to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on July 31, 2014. 

On May 25, 2016, NOAA and USEPA proposed to conditionally approve Illinois’ program and announced availability of the Proposed Findings document and draft Programmatic Draft Environmental Assessment on Approval of the Illinois Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program. Interested stakeholders and members of the public have 30 d​ays (until June 24, 2016) to provide comments. More information on the comment process can be found in the Federal Register Notice. 

Comments should be submitted to:

Joelle Gore, Chief, Stewardship Division (N/OCM6) 
Attn:  Illinois Coastal Nonpoint Program, Office for Coastal Management, NOS, NOAA
1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910
Phone:  (240) 533-0813

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment on Approval of the State of Illinois Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program 

If the Illinois program is conditionally approved, the state has three years from the date of the conditional approval to meet remaining conditions to gain full approval of the program.

Top Issues the Coastal Clean Waters Program will focus on include:

  • ​Increasing intergovernmental coordination to control coastal nonpoint pollution 
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Stormwater Best Management Practices
  • Green Infrastructure Implementation
  • Addressing pollutants at their sources

Presentation (June 2014):

Illinois Coastal Nopoint Pollution Control Program  

Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program Final Document:

 Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program






Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program Final Document (19.7 MB)

Executive Summary of the Illinois Coastal Clean Waters Program

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