T. Cullerton First BillWith more and more of the suburbs being paved and developed, a growing concern is what to do with the seemingly countless gallons of storm runoff pouring through suburban streets and flooding properties every year.

State Sen. Tom Cullerton, the former mayor of Villa Park, is attempting to make it easier for suburban communities to utilize environmental solutions that reduce and ideally use the problematic runoff.

Legislation sponsored by Cullerton was approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate on a vote of 55 to 0.

Cullerton’s legislation spells out that suburban communities have the ability to maintain so-called “green infrastructure” such as green roofs, rain gardens and other environmental alternatives to the traditional storm sewer network.

Many communities have already taken the lead and begun such programs on their own. Cullerton’s legislation imposes no requirement, but rather makes it clear in state law that cities and villages can do this if they desire.

“The message to suburban communities is that they have a green light to go green,” said Cullerton. His home community of Villa Park is already utilizing such technology, most notably in the police station built in 2004 that included a planted roof to lower energy costs and reduce storm water runoff. In addition, the station’s parking lot utilized permeable pavers and landscaped drainage areas – called bioswales -- to help filter and reduce runoff.

Chicago has also been recognized as a national leader in using planted, green roofs for energy and environmental efficiency.

“My goal with this legislation is to make more communities aware of these options,” Cullerton said.

His legislation, Senate Bill 1869, now advances to the Illinois House for consideration.

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