Your Local Environment

Everyone wants to know how healthy the environment is in their community. How clean is the air? Is the water safe to drink? Are there sources of pollution near my home? A wide range of information is available from Illinois EPA and others to help you learn more about the environmental conditions in your community. On this page, we’ve provided links to databases and other information about pollutants that may affect the environment.

Conditions overview

With U.S. EPA’s Window to My Environment, use interactive maps and tools to learn about environmental conditions, pollution sources, and watersheds in your community.

Public Health Assessments

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reviews information about hazardous substances at waste sites and evaluates whether exposure to these substances might cause harm. Written evaluations, called Public Health Assessments, are available on the IDPH website.

Public Notices

The Illinois EPA's Public Notices web page lists the Permit, Hearing, and Meeting Notices.

State and Local Government Roles in Reviewing New Facilities

In Illinois, local governments have the authority and responsibility to approve the location of new facilities proposed for their communities. This is done through a local zoning or siting process.

Air Quality

Daily Air Quality Report – an air quality index for five major air pollutants: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide.

Annual Air Quality Report – contains information obtained from the statewide air monitoring network, which incorporates more than 300 monitors that track the measurements of a variety of pollutants and air toxic compounds.

Beach Water Quality

Earth 911 provides beach water status, including closures and advisories for beaches located in Lake County, Winnetka, Wilmette Park District and the City of Evanston.

The Chicago Park District’s website offers information on beach closings and conditions for the Chicago Park District beaches.

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s bathing beaches web page provides beach closings for the current and previous years as well as a list of all beaches in Illinois.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Information about FOIA rules and procedures to request public information from Illinois EPA are available on the FOIA page.

Land Cleanups

Search these databases to learn about remediation activities in your community. You can also view a map of sites that are part of the Voluntary Site Remediation Program. Also included within these databases is the Solid Waste Unit database that provides information on specific sites that manage non-hazardous waste. You can search by site name, city, county, or site number.

Water Quality

Rivers, Streams and Lakes

Illinois Water Quality Report - provides an assessment of the overall water quality conditions of Illinois’ waters

Illinois Water Quality Mapping Tool - locate, create, and print maps of areas within Illinois containing lake and stream information.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water Watch – Click on a county map or enter the name of a community to view compliance monitoring data for a community water system. Nearby private well owners can use the information to check on potential contamination threats.

Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) - Source water (wells drawing from groundwater) assessment fact sheets are available for all public water supplies in Illinois. These assessment fact sheets provide basic information about the water used to provide drinking water, including potential sources of contamination in the source water assessment area.

Public Water Supply Annual Compliance Report - contains a list of Illinois public water supplies with violations of drinking water regulations.

Pollution Sources

Access several U.S. EPA databases containing information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land with U.S. EPA's Envirofacts.

You can also use the U.S. EPA's TRI Explorer to view the Toxic Release Inventory.