Odor Alert Network
Improving Air Quality by Managing Odor Complaints
The Channahon Odor Alert Network is an environmental initiative to help identify and resolve nuisance odor problems. This initiative is a collaborative effort between local residents, businesses, industries, and government.
A major obstacle in resolving odor complaints is the ability to quickly investigate the complaint. Through this collaborative effort, officials in Channahon will investigate odor complaints as soon as complaint calls are received.
This approach involves businesses, industry and local government voluntarily working together with residents to better manage an environmental problem. While this is a different approach, it has been successful elsewhere. In nearby Lemont, the same approach has been used for approximately eight years. During this time span, over 60% of the odor complaints have been successfully resolved. “Before we tried this system in Lemont, very few odor complaints were being resolved. We needed to try something new, and this process exceeded our expectations,” said Reverend Glenn Bergmark, of the Lemont Environmental Advisory Commission.
Who Should I Contact When I Notice Annoying Odors?
When residents notice an odor outdoors, they can call Dan McDonald, the Channahon Odor Alert Network Coordinator at 815-467-2112. The Network will investigate all odor complaints and complainants will receive a prompt response.
“We have been working with local businesses, industry, residents, and the Illinois EPA to put together a process that provides quick investigations,” said Village Administrator Joe Pena.