Stormwater Commission


The purpose of the Stormwater Commission is to conduct a study of flooding issues within the Village of Niles, implement a Stormwater Management Ordinance, develop a Stormwater Relief Program, participate in the FEMA Community Rating System(CRS) and manage/mitigate the effects of stormwater drainage on property owners.

MEMBERS – Membership is that of a standing committee

  • Trustee Joe LoVerde, Chairman
  • Joseph S. La Margo, Village Manager
  • Fred Kudert, Resident
  • Robert Callero, Resident

  • Fred Braun, Public Works Director
  • Thomas Powers, Village Engineer
  • Chuck Ostman, Community Development Director
  • Andrew Vitale, Sr. GIS Coordinator
  • Rich Wlodarski, Assistant Community Development Director

Staff Liaison
Thomas Powers, Village Engineer
(847) 588-7920


Village Hall – 1000 Civic Center Drive, Niles, IL 60714
Meeting scheduled at the call of the Chairperson.


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. All agendas are posted at Village Hall in accordance with the Open Meeting Act. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes


The activity updates will be utilized by the Stormwater Commission to update the public on commission activities, stormwater progress, and stormwater issues.  You may view the January 26, 2018 Stormwater Management Plan Update and the following exhibits here: Exhibits 1-1 to 2-7 and Exhibits 3-1 to 3-18.

For historical purposes you may view the  September 22, 2009 Stormwater Commission Report or the May 11, 2012 Stormwater Relief Program.

Our Lady of Ransom Project Drawings: Basin Site Plan Exhibit - Basin Cross Section Exhibit
50 Year Flood Exhibit - 100 Year Flood Exhibit

CNT Initiative Helps America Become "Rain Ready"
In February, 2015, the Illinois Flood Risk Symposium was hosted by IAFSM and the ASFPM Foundation. The discussion on urban flooding issues was insightful and productive. A report, The Illinois Flood Risk Symposium, was produced to capture the discussion, points of general consensus and action items. Additionally the Breakout Notes are also attached.

The symposium report will be appearing in the Urban Flooding Awareness Act as an appendix and provides support to the recommendations for Illinois State legislation.


The Village of Niles is implementing a Yard Drainage Assistance Program to provide financial assistance in the form a reimbursement for the costs of qualifying stormwater improvements made by Niles homeowners to address rear yard drainage problems.  Eligible projects can qualify for reimbursement equal to 50% of the improvement costs up to a maximum of $4,000.00.

Please download the Niles Yard Drainage Program document for more information on the program.  Applications will be available on September 14, 2020, property owners will be notified of their eligibility for FY 21 projects by January 14, 2021.

A summary of eligible problems and solutions follows below:

Eligible Problems
Yard drainage problems are defined as standing water that damages landscaping or buildings and subsequent significant loss of use of property.  Applications for financial assistance to address drainage problems shall be prioritized based on the following yard drainage problem criteria:

  1. Standing water evaluated based on:
    1. Duration of flooding, especially when standing water persists for greater than 72 hours following rain events,
    2. Depth, especially when six inches or greater,
    3. Extent of the area flooded
    4. Extent of damage to landscaping or property.
  2. Frequency or number of times it can be shown that standing water meeting the conditions listed has occurred.
  3. The number or size of adjacent properties that contribute runoff to the problem area. 
  4. Properties with seepage damage due to standing water against the foundation of the primary residential structure will also be prioritized.

Evidence for meeting these criteria can be shown through a combination of topographic data, measurements, service request records, written testimony, or photographic evidence provided by the applicant. The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department can assist homeowners by providing existing aerial topographic and flowpath data for their use.  Contact Public Works for more information at

Eligible Solutions
Typical solutions that could be used to reduce or eliminate the negative impacts associated with standing water on private property include:

  1. Pipe with discharge to existing sewer
  2. Pipe with discharge to surface
  3. Overland flow route improvements
  4. Exterior/yard pumping system
  5. Rain garden or bio-infiltration systems
  6. Infiltration trenches

If the drainage solution includes a new connection to the combined sewer system or limited capacity storm sewer, eligibility will be limited to properties with severe drainage problems.


The deadline for the first year of applications will be January 1, 2021. Funds are allocated to assist 12 properties based on max reimbursement amount allowed.  Projects will be prioritized based on the  severity of the problems that are documented in the applications.


Pre-Application Form
Niles Yard Drainage Program - Pre-Application Form

"Final" Application From
Please note this form can only be submitted after being approved during the pre-application process.
Niles Yard Drainage Program - Final Application Form

Request for Reimbursement Form
Please note this form can only be submitted after approval of the final application form and final approval of the completed work.

Niles Yard Drainage Program - Request for Reimbursement


Stormwater Commission Page - News Releases 2013 thru 2018
Stormwater Commission Page - News Releases 2009 thru 2013
Stormwater Commission Archives
Residents Learn about Stormwater Project at Open House
Stormwater Update- 5/23
Stormwater Relief Program's Tier 1 Projects Move Forward with Groundbreaking
Grand Opening of the Stormwater Relief Program's Tier 1 Projects
Stormwater Grand Opening Celebration Brings Niles Together


Niles’ residents are able to obtain flood insurance for any property. The purchase of flood insurance is mandatory if using a federally regulated / insured bank for a loan. For more information on the NFIP go to:National Flood Insurance Program.


This project stems from a larger effort seeking to understand and provide solutions for managing stormwater at a small scale (i.e. individual properties and small groups of properties) in the Villages of Winnetka, Glenview, and Niles, Illinois. For more information, contact the Engineering Department at 847-588-7900.


The Village assembled engineering details to assist residents with localized drainage issues.  Those details are located in this stormwater toolbox document.

At the request of our residents, the Village also compiled a list of contractors and engineers interested in performing private drainage work within the Village.  The Village does not endorse any of the contractors on the list.  The list was compiled from a publicly advertised statement of interest request and from other sources.  If you are a vendor who wishes to be added to this list, please contact the engineering department at 847-588-7900.