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Case Studies

Lt. Governor Pat Quinn and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have provided grants to help schools and public organizations across Illinois create rain gardens. Grant recipients used these funds to create gardens that improve the local environment, provide access for the public and enhance community aesthetics. We are featuring three projects that each demonstrate a different environmental benefit.


Fox River Country Day School - Stormwater Management  Project 

Fox Country Day School Rain Garden

The Fox River Country Day School wanted to install a rain garden in the center of its parking lot to control water flowing off the roof of its elementary school building as well as the parking lot itself. Larger storms were causing flooding in a rare and endangered oak savanna located on the campus.

Fox Country Day School Rain Garden

The elementary students set out to solve this problem by installing a rain garden to absorb water that previously ran down a drainage pipe into a holding pond. The garden also filters the water as it slowly percolates down into the soil to recharge the groundwater.

 

Fox Country Day School Rain Garden



"Students view and explore the flowers, butterflies,and birds that frequent or inhabit the garden and identify many of the plants using
our interpretive sign.
    -Timothy Holzworth Campus Naturalist
                      



                                                         
Fox Country Day School Rain Garden

 

 

The expanded rain garden has increased native habitat for migrating birds and insects. It also reduced harmful sediments and contaminants in stormwater runoff from  entering nearby wetlands, oak savana and eventually the Fox River.








Boone County Conservation District (BCCD) - Habitat Project

Boone County rain garden preconstruction site

 

Since its formation in 1964, the Boone County Conservation District (BCCD) has been a leader in managing natural areas and preserving open spaces for educational, ecological and recreational benefits.Today the BCCD has an integrated network of gardens that includes restored prairies, heritage gardens and a butterfly garden.

 

Boone County rain garden under construction

The District wished to add a 288 square foot rain garden next to existing butterfly and natural herb gardens, and then connect them with a natural bark pathway.The rain garden now educates hundreds of people each year about the importance of habitat restoration, biodiversity, alternative stormwater management and groundwater infiltration.

 

Boone County rain garden

 

"Our rain garden works great. We have more butterflies and it is a valuable addition to our heritage garden program."

                                                           - Tim Craig, BCCD Education Director


Highland Park - Water Quality Project

Highland Park proposed site

 

The Park District of Highland Park wanted to use a rain garden to improve the water quality of the Skokie River that runs adjacent to Fink Park. Their goal was to highlight sustainable infrastructure techniques in the park that already included a one-acre native prairie planting, vegetated bioswales and a restored pond shoreline.

 

Highland Park Rain Garden under construction

 

 

Community volunteers and park crews removed 2500 square feet of turf grass from a low-lying area adjacent  to the park's ball fields and indoor tennis facility and planted 1,250 native plants.The new rain garden now reduces the volume of runoff going into the river and the native plants and soils filter manmade pollutants as the stormwater seeps into the ground.

 

Highland Park

  "The Lieutenant Governor's initiative allowed us to expand and improve our rain garden complex. Now hundreds of people each year can see the environmental benefits. The raingardens have even inspired some of our volunteers to install them on their own property."

-Rebecca Grill Natural Areas Coordinator

 

 

Highland Park Rain Garden 2nd year

 

 

 

Please continue to regularly check the website to learn more about these rain garden projects throughout the spring and summer seasons.

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