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Resources

Visit Rain Gardens in Your Community.

Brookfield Zoo - Find out how the Brookfield Zoo used rain gardens to solve their flooding problems, and link to other rain garden sites.

Chicago Wilderness - Click the link to access a page on landscaping with native plants.

Rock Island - The city of Rock Island has an innovative rain garden program.

Government and Non-Profit Resources

Center for Neighborhood Technology -  This site has a green values stormwater toolkit and a nifty stormwater calculator.

City of Chicago - This is a brochure on storm water management in the city of Chicago.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago - The MWRDGC manages stormwater for Cook County.

University of Illinois Extension -This site has information on natural resources and the environment, horticulture and home gardens, nutrition and health and more.

Illinois Conservation Foundation -The role of the Illinois Conservation Foundation and its partners is to preserve and enhance our precious natural resources by supporting and fostering ecological, educational, and recreational programs for the benefit of all people now and for generations to come.

Lake County Stormwater Mangement Commission - This agency manages stormwater for Lake Couunty.

Praire Rivers Network - Click to find tips on the benefits of rain gardens in Illinois.

Sprawlwatch Clearinghouse - This is a monograph on green infrastructure.

Find Native Plants

EarthWild Gardens - EarthWild Gardens is a small business in Lake County that sells native plants and advises people how to install rain gardens.

Big Green Thumb - Online gardening directory and nursery site offering links to plant sales, plant information and directory of garden and gardening websites.

Fermilab Prairie Plants Database - This web page has an interactive database of Fermilab's prairie plants. It includes pictures, descriptions, and care instructions for Illinois prairie plants.

Landscaping Firms

Applied Ecological Services - A broad-based ecological consulting, contracting, and restoration firm providing services to foundations, governmental units, corporations, and commercial/residential developers nationwide. Staff consultants, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of botanists, wildlife biologists, wetland scientists, prairie and ecosystem restoration specialists and scientists, manage approximately 100 projects per year.

Art & Linda's Wild Flowers - A private landscaping company specializing in natural habitats.

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association - ILCA's is an organization whose goal is to enhance the professionalism and capabilities of members by providing leadership, education and valued services while promoting environmental awareness within the landscape industry.

Rain Garden Network - A private company providing information on and assistance in building rain gardens.

Tallgrass Restoration - Tallgrass Restoration offers a wide range of environmental restoration services. Experienced and dedicated staff members can help design and install an effective rain garden adapted to each site's unique characteristics.

Wild Ones - A private landscaping company specializing in natural habitats.