City News and Updates
2017 IMUA Scholarship Program Applications Available
The City of Rock Falls, in partnership with the Illinois Municipal Utilities
Association (IMUA), is again offering a scholarship competition program for eligible
high school seniors. The deadline is Friday March 10th,2017
New Well #7 Information
The City of Rock Falls has begun construction of a new shallow sand and gravel Well No. 7 to replace the deficient Well No. 4, which is financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to the new well, this project includes a watermain to connect Well No. 7 to the Well No. 4 building, modifications to the Well No. 4 building and improvements to the security fence and roadway entrance to the water treatment plant. Once complete, it will improve water quality for area residents and businesses in the City of Rock Falls by developing a more reliable water source. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.
Drainage and Flooding
In June 2015, the area experience heavy rains over a short period of time. This rain overwhelmed the City’s wastewater system. As a result, the City is encouraging residents to address illegal sump pump and drainage issues. View our Flooding and Drainage page for more information.
City of Rock Falls Emerald Ash Borer Program
The Emerald Ash Borer has caused major destruction in Illinois by invading millions of Ash trees. The Ash, a typically resilient tree to the stresses of residential locations, is no match for the Emerald Ash Borer. The insect burrows in the tree right under its bark, effectively destroying its water and nutrient transporting tissues. Eventually, the Ash succumbs to starvation with no way to absorb its food source. Severe environmental and economic consequences are occurring as a result of Ash trees dying off across the Midwest. However, a plan to deal with the stressors of Emerald Ash Borer can mitigate the negative effects felt by a community.
In October 2015, the state of Illinois announced it will no longer restrict the movement of any cut, non-coniferous firewood within the state. This move was implemented because the EAB has been found in more counties within the state, making the pest too widespread to continue to regulate. Illinois joins Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky in the deregulation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
For more information, see the State’s PDF press release.
Do you have Ash trees on your property?
Help us inventory the city’s population of ash trees by reporting trees on your property. Email the team email@example.com.