LDWG encourages all permitted wastewater agencies, municipal stormwater (MS4) dischargers, industrial dischargers and other local units of government within the watershed boundary to join the Watershed Group as Agency Members. Additionally, we are stronger with support from a wide array of stakeholders like consulting firms, local businesses and environmental advocacy groups. These organizations are eligible for Associate Membership. Follow links below to download and send in your membership form today. For more information about membership benefits, please see our Fact Sheet.
Agency Member: Any agency holding an NPDES permit for a discharge from a wastewater treatment plant or from a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) into the Lower Des Plaines River or its tributaries. Agency Membership dues are calculated based on design average flow of treatment plant discharge in million gallons/day (MGD) and/or acres within the watershed boundary. In addition, all Agency Members are assessed a $200 administration fee and an $800 per-permit monitoring fee.
Associate Member: Any agency, organization or company interested in the mission and objectives of LDWG that is not eligible for membership as an Agency Member. Several types of Associate Memberships are available:
- Municipal Non-Permitted – Membership dues are calculated based on 1/3 of a municipality’s total acreage within the watershed boundary at $1.00 per acre plus the $200 administration fee.
- Townships – $1,000
- Industrial NPDES Permit Holders – $2,500
- Not-for-Profit – $150
- All Other Organizations – $500