Illinois Urban Manual

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 Funding source for the IUM update initiative is provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Clean Water Act, Section 604b grant funds

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NEW in 2018! Revisions have been made to the Sediment Trap Standard and Drawings!

The Tree Protection Standards and Drawings have also been updated!! Please see Section 4 for an alphabetical list of Practice Standards and Section 7 for the associated Standard Drawings!


        IUM Field Manual for Inspection of Erosion and Sediment Control Best Management Practices


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Illinois Urban Manual Sections …

Section 1

Preface  – PDF

Introduction  – PDF


Section 2

Non-point Source Pollution Control Processes and Planning Principles  – PDF


Best Management Practices

Practice Selection Guide  – PDF


Section 3

Planning Procedures  – PDF


Planning Process

Criteria for BMP Selection

Practices and Systems

Evaluation and Monitoring


Section 4

Practice Standards

Introduction  – PDF


Section 5

Construction Specifications

Introduction  – PDF

General Discussion  – PDF

Construction Specifications and Instructions for Use (Numerical & Topical)  – PDF


Section 6

Material Specification

Introduction  – PDF

Material Specifications (Numerical & Topical)  – PDF


Section 7

Standard Drawings

Introduction  – PDF


Section 8


Introduction  – PDF

Urban Conservation Practices Physical Effects (CPPE) – Soil  – PDF

Urban Conservation Practices Physical Effects (CPPE) – Water  – PDF

Urban Conservation Practices Physical Effects (CPPE) – Air  – PDF

Urban Conservation Practices Physical Effects (CPPE) – Plants  – PDF

Urban Conservation Practices Physical Effects (CPPE) – Animals  – PDF

Section 9

References  – PDF


Section 10

Glossary  – PDF





Appendix A

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) – Permits for Construction Site Stormwater Discharge



Illinois General Permit for Construction Site Stormwater Discharge

Phase II Stormwater Program

How to Obtain Coverage Under the Permit

Termination of Coverage Under the Permit


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency – Stormwater FORMS

NPDES Permit No. ILR10

 IEPA Notice of Intent (NOI)

 IEPA Incidence of Non-compliance (ION) – Front Page

IEPA Notice of Termination (NOT)


Appendix B

Soil Quality – Urban Technical Notes


Urban Technical Note No. 1 – Erosion and Sedimentation on Construction Sites

Urban Technical Note No. 2 – Urban Soil Compaction

Urban Technical Note No. 3 – Heavy Metal Soil Contamination


Appendix C

Methods for Establishing Receiving Water Quality Impacts of Urban and Suburban Development


Appendix D

NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit Program for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)


Appendix E

Sample Natural Resource Protection Ordinances


Appendix F

USDA Programs – Applicable to Urban or Urbanizing Areas


Appendix G

Grant Information Summary for Conservation Projects


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 *Users of this manual must conform to any applicable National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements and any relevant local, state, or federal regulatory requirements, whichever are more stringent.*