Stormwater detention and drainage easements are best management practice designed to reduce the impacts of pollution and the increase of storm water runoff caused by developments. They are an essential part of the City of Rockford's effort improve the quality of our streams, rivers and ponds. Once a detention basin or drainageway fails, it will no longer perform its inteded function and is often very expensive to replace.
Many property owners are not aware they have a storm water detention or drainage easement on their property and that they are responsible for their maintenance. While many think it is the City's responsible for their maintenance. While many think it is the City's responsibility to maintain detnetion basins that is generally not the case. According to most recdorded plats, maintenance of the area is the responsibility of the property owner or those bordering the area.
If you are not sure if you have a detention or drainage easement or your property, contact the Stormwater area at (779) 348-7175.