Seasonal Outreach Toolkits

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. Members can contact Lea Rodbarry at with any questions or requests to customize material to your agency.

Winter: Salt Smart. Save More.

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.

Spring: Healthy Yards. Healthy Communities.

Theme – Native Plants

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.


    • Native Plants 101 posts:

    • Adding Native Plants to your Landscape posts: 

Click the above images 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: or 630-428-4500 x109

  • Handouts (coming soon)

Summer: Be Proud of You Pond.

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.

Fall: Loose Leaves. Green Algae.

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.