“Because we all live in a watershed, we all impact water runoff from rain. We need to be aware that our impact can negatively affect the quality of our streams and rivers. The Village has enacted regulations prohibiting the introduction of pollutants or chemicals into the storm sewers as these pipes lead to open waterways. Residents can help by directing water runoff from our roofs, sump pumps and driveways into rain barrels, rain gardens, open vegetated swales or other features where that water can be used in a constructive way or absorbed by plants. Residents should consider planting plants on their property that are native to our area. These plants require less watering and absorb more water than many non-native plants. Use pesticides and fertilizes sparingly.