Seasonal Campaigns

To make it easy for municipalities to conduct outreach with residents about important stormwater management topics, the Coalition has worked to develop four seasonal outreach campaigns. Municipalities can customize and incorporate these messages into their existing communications strategies.

Check this page for routine updates throughout each season! Members can contact Lea Rodbarry at lrodbarry@theconservationfoundation.org or (630)428-4500 x109 with any questions or requests to customize material to your agency.


SPRING

Theme: Native Plants
Timeline: April – June

There are a number of benefits to incorporating native plants into our landscapes. Not only do these plants create habitat for native species, they also have deep root systems that help infiltrate rain water, reducing the volume that runs off into our storm sewer system.

Blog Posts
Newsletter Articles (summarized versions of blog posts)
Social Media Posts

Click the images below to enlarge and download for your own social media use. If you would like posts customized for your agency, please contact Lea Rodbarry, Watershed Education & Outreach Assistant: lrodbarry@theconservationfoundation.org or 630-428-4500 x109

Adding Native Trees to Your Landscape
Plants 101
Planting Native Plants in Your Landscape

SUMMER

Theme: Detention Basins
Timeline: June – August

Stormwater ponds can be beautiful amenities in the communities they serve, however; they need to be maintained so they continue to function properly as part of our stormwater management infrastructure. Some Homeowners Associations are not aware of their stormwater pond maintenance responsibilities.

Blog Posts
Newsletter Articles (summarized versions of blog posts)
Handout
Social Media Posts
Stormwater Detention Basin Basics
Benefits of Native Buffers for Detention Basins
Ways Homeowners Impact Detention Basins

Follow Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition on Facebook for examples of how to share these posts with your community!

For communications staff: Summer Seasonal Campaign Checklist

Use this checklist as a reminder to utilize our outreach materials and to facilitate reporting of MS4 Public Education and Outreach requirements.


FALL

Theme: Leaves
Timeline: September – November

Leaves that find their way onto our sidewalks and streets can clog storm sewers, causing standing water. In addition, the leaf litter increases nutrients in our rivers and streams, which can cause excessive algae growth.

Blog Posts
Newsletter Articles (summarized versions of blog posts)
Infographic
Social Media Posts

Let us know how we can customize these posts for you with your logo or specific leaf collection information (such as dates or pickup zones)! Email Lea Rodbarry, Watershed Communications Specialist, at lrodbarry@theconservationfoundation.org.

The Connection Between Leaves and Water Quality

This Fall, Use Leaves as a Resource

The Effects of Leaves on Storm Drains

Leaf Collection Reminder Posts
Fall Seasonal Campaign Checklist

Use this checklist as a reminder to utilize our outreach materials and to facilitate reporting of MS4 Public Education and Outreach requirements.


WINTER

Theme: Chloride Reduction / Salt Smart
Timeline: November – March (or between first and last snowfall)

The salt we use to keep our roads, parking lots and sidewalks free of ice during the winter finds its way into our rivers where it is toxic to fish and harms local water quality.  Salt is corrosive to our infrastructure and can kill the vegetation on our landscape. Learn more at saltsmart.org

Blog Posts
Newsletters (summarized version of blog post)
Infographic: “Why Be Salt Smart?”

For websites and social media posts

2-page handout

Bookmark for Residents

Coming soon

Social Media Posts

Let us know how we can customize these posts for you with your logo or information specific to your community. Email Lea Rodbarry, Watershed Communications Specialist, at lrodbarry@theconservationfoundation.org.

Salt Smart Tips for Staying Safe on the Road this Winter
What to Expect During a Storm
Winter Clean-Up Tips

Winter Seasonal Campaign Checklist

Coming soon

Get in Touch

Naperville, IL 60565

Phone: 630-428-4500
Fax: 630-428-4599
jhammer@theconservationfoundation.org

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