SMC Resuming PJD Services
To: Enforcement Officers, Certified Wetland Specialists & Other Interested Parties:
Effective September 8, 2015, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) is resuming preliminary wetland jurisdictional determination (PJD) services. We temporarily suspended the PJD services in June 2015 pending implementation of the new federal “Clean Water Rule” (CWR). The CWR was published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2015, and became effective on August 28, 2015 (see full rule at: http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-06/documents/epa-hq-ow-2011-0880-20862.pdf).
As before, SMC’s wetland staff will be performing PJD field reviews in the company of a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Chicago District (USACE). Jurisdiction of Waters of the U.S. (WOUS) will be determined following the criteria listed in the CWR and implementation guidance provided by the USACE. Areas not meeting the WOUS criteria will be considered Isolated Waters of Lake County (IWLC), unless such areas meet the exclusion criteria listed under the definition of IWLC in Appendix A of the Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance (WDO).
If you have any questions regarding SMC’s PJD services, please contact our wetland specialists: Glenn Westman, 847.377.7718, firstname.lastname@example.org or Juli Crane, 847.377.7708, email@example.com.
SMC administers the countywide Lake County Watershed Development Ordinance
(WDO). The WDO was adopted to ensure that new development does not increase existing stormwater problems or create new ones. The WDO establishes minimum countywide stormwater management, including floodplains, detention, soil erosion/sediment control, water quality treatment, and wetlands.
SMC has delegated WDO permitting authority to Certified Communities for incorporated areas; and the Lake County Planning, Building and Development Department (PB&D) for unincorporated areas. SMC is the permitting authority for Non-Certified Communities. A WDO Permit is required for major and minor development in the county.
Even in Certified Communities, however, certain floodplain and floodway development applications are forwarded to SMC for review and approval.
Required for major and minor development See Do I Need a WDO Permit?
Required for any impacts to Isolated Waters of Lake County (including isolated wetlands).
General Permit #3 for Dredging Projects
Soil Erosion/Sediment Control Approval
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-generated SE/SC review and site inspection process for impacts to Waters of the U.S.
Earth Change Approval
SMC oversees earth change approvals (i.e., grading permits) in Non-Certified Communities.
Base Flood Elevation (BFE) Approval
SMC reviews and approves hydrologic and hydraulic models to estimate the base flood elevation resulting from critical storm events.