Meet your Chicagoland Stormwater Storage Requirements with a rain garden!

Three Reasons to Be Proud of Our Illinois Waterways

Illinois Clean WaterwaysWe get so much doom and gloom news about the environment that it is easy to think that nothing good is being done out there.

But those of us out in the field know that there are plenty of spectacular and inspiring things being done every day that the general public might not be aware of happening right around them!

So for this post I wanted to share some stories of the people making a positive impact on our Illinois waterways that we can all take pride in!
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Splash boxx: Rain Gardens in Roll-Off Containers

Splash boxxI love creative, practical, simple ideas, especially when it comes to improving our stormwater runoff.

That is why when my friends David Hymel and Marilyn Jacobs showed me their new creation I knew I had to write a post about it and share it with all of you.

It’s called the Splash boxx; and it is a portable rain garden!
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Introduction of Rain Garden Thresholds

Rain Garden ThresholdsHave you ever heard of a “Stormwater Utility Fee?”

If you live in Winnetka, Downers Grove, or Rolling Meadows you have. And if you don’t, your community leaders are more than likely discussing one right now for you to pay soon.

This quiet, nationwide trend of imposing a fee of anywhere from $5 to $250 per year on the typical 1/4 acre lot is how we are funding the costs associated with our continued impervious development practices.
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The ILCA Releases Our Rain Garden Guide to Its Membership!

ILCA Small-Scale Rain Garden GuideFor the past year and a half I have been working with the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) – Sustainable Landscape Committee to develop a guide for their membership on small-scale rain gardens.

During this time I have received much encouragement, feedback, support, and input from the committee members which has resulted in the production of a resource that is truly set apart from any other rain garden guide currently available.

Our guide has been created by contractors for contractors.

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Drawing a Line in the Soil: Why Stormwater Professionals Fight Over Rain Garden Design

Question on Rain Garden SoilsWant to have some fun?

Lock an engineer, landscaper, hydrologist, and conservationist in a room and tell them they can’t leave until they agree on a rain garden design.

Then sit back and enjoy the fireworks as these professionals devolve into a lot of finger-pointing and name-calling.

Why the fighting?

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