Stormwater Conference to Emphasize Working with Nature

The public is invited to attend any part of an all-day, FREE meeting on stormwater management. The Green Infrastructure Conference takes place Tuesday, September 17 from 8:00am-3:30pm at the iHotel Conference Center in Champaign. The conference is sponsored by local government, the University of Illinois, and Prairie Rivers Network. The agenda is as follows: 8:00am - registration [...]

Plant a Rain Garden to Reduce Stormwater 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 [...]

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 [...]

PRN on the Smile Politely Radio Podcast

Traci Barkley and Robert Hirschfeld of Prairie Rivers Network sat down with the Smile Politely Radio team to discuss a number of important issues facing Illinois' waters. The conversation covered agricultural and landscape runoff, a proposed Central Illinois coal mine, Asian carp, green infrastructure, and the effects of improperly disposed pharmaceuticals and other household chemicals. [...]

Why Care about Stormwater

Urban areas are dominated by hard surfaces such as streets, roofs, and parking lots. These surfaces allow very little rain and snow to penetrate into the ground underneath, and are therefore called impervious surfaces. Whereas natural land cover absorbs about 90% of precipitation, suburban neighborhoods may only soak up about 70% and downtowns are even [...]