Are You Ready to Ramble?????

Rain garden rambling, that is. If you would like to see some real, live rain gardens, please join Prairie Rivers Network staff and members for a bike ride to four Champaign properties. We will meet with residential rain garden owners and talk with City of Champaign staff about the new stormwater utility fee and associated [...]

Central Illinois Rain Barrel Sale and Rain Garden Talk!

The Tazewell County Health Department is selling rain barrels to central Illinois residents. Rain barrels are a great way to recycle rain water and reduce water bills! If you would like to order a barrel, fill out and send this form along with your payment by June 14. Barrels must be picked up on Saturday June 22 between [...]

Rain Garden Workshops

Spring is here! And many of you are aching to be outside, digging around in the dirt!  We are here to help with free rain garden workshops. A rain garden is a unique, beautiful landscape feature designed to capture and use rain and snowmelt. You don't have to be a master gardener or engineer to [...]

In the News: Prairie Rivers Network members have LTEs published

Rudy Habben of Peoria Heights and Bruce Semans of Rochester both had Letters to the Editor published in their local papers recently. The letters encouraged everyone to conserve water, especially considering the droughts of last summer. In the yard, we can all do our part by planting native plants and maybe even a rain garden. [...]

More Rain Gardens! Less Water Pollution

A rain garden is a shallow, vegetated landscaping feature that captures excess rainwater and puts it to work. As the rain garden bed is slightly below the level of the yard, the garden acts as a shallow dish that holds the water for a short time so that it can instead soak into the garden [...]