Ways Homeowners Impact Detention Basins – Newsletter

Stormwater detention ponds are important for reducing flooding in your community. However, if detention ponds are not maintained, they can become unsightly and lose function. Homeowners Associations (HOA) are responsible for the maintenance of their stormwater ponds, but it is important to note that residents also impact the condition of detention basins. From lawn care to pet ownership, everyday choices can affect detention pond function, water quality, and aesthetic value. To learn more, visit www.dupagerivers.org/5-ways-homeowners-impact-detention-basins

Benefits of Native Buffers for Detention Basins – Newsletter

Planting a native buffer, or strip of native plants, around a stormwater detention pond can transform a suffering detention pond into a well-functioning and beautiful feature in your neighborhood. A buffer of native plants stabilizes the shoreline, reduces water contamination, and lowers maintenance required to keep a detention basin in good condition. A naturalized detention basin not only prevents flooding and water contamination, but can also provide aesthetic value, opportunities for recreation, and a home for wildlife habitat. To learn more, visit www.dupagerivers.org/native-buffer-benefits

Stormwater Detention Basin Basics – Newsletter

A stormwater detention pond can make a community more resilient to flooding by collecting and temporarily storing stormwater. Detention ponds can also improve water quality by keeping pollutants and sediment out of downstream waterways. To ensure effective management of stormwater, regular detention pond maintenance is required. Detention ponds are usually maintained by Homeowners Associations, but there are steps homeowners can take to aid the function and visual appeal of their local detention pond. To learn more, visit www.dupagerivers.org/detention-basin-basics

Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape – Newsletter

The many benefits of native plans have made them an increasingly popular addition to landscapes, but native plants aren’t happy growing just anywhere. Here are some important questions to ask yourself when adding native plants to your landscape: When is the right time to add native plants into my landscape? How do I want to design and prepare my landscape? How do I maintain my native plants?  Asking yourself these questions will help you add the most beneficial native plants to your environment. To learn more, visit http://www.lowerdesplaineswatershed.org/adding-native-plants-to-your-landscape/

Native Plants 101 – Newsletter

While steadily increasing in popularity, there are still questions on what a native plant actually is. Native plants have adapted to their local environment physically, chemically, and genetically for thousands of years and have therefore become a vital part of the local ecosystem. If a native plant has been taken and cultivated, it is no longer considered native because it has decreased the genetic diversity of the plant. Since native plants have adapted to live in local conditions, they are beneficial to add to the landscape because of their low-maintenance and cost effectiveness. To learn more, visit http://www.dupagerivers.org/native-plants-101/