Education & Outreach Materials

Native plants with deep roots stabilize soil and infiltrate rainwater into the ground, which helps to reduce runoff.

Use rain as a resource by collecting rainwater to be used later.

Rain gardens collect stormwater and help it soak into the ground instead of running off.

Healthy rivers and streams support a diversity of aquatic life, including fish, dragonflies, and mussels.

We all want to have a great time out on the water. Be River Responsible to keep the river enjoyable for everyone.

Pick up dog poop every time, everywhere to protect the water quality of rivers and streams.

Together we can use the right amount of salt to keep roads safe while also reducing our impact on the environment.

Keep leaves off streets to reduce the amount of nutrients that enter storm drains.

Most of our dams no longer serve a purpose. Instead, dams degrade the health of local rivers and streams.

Learn ways to take care of your yard and protect rivers at the same time!

Detention basins are important for managing stormwater but need to be regularly maintained.

Be mindful of where you drain pool water.

How to maintain septic systems to avoid extra costs and prevent water contamination.

Properly dispose of household chemicals to protect the environment.

Wash your car in a way that protects waterways.

Green infrastructure manages stormwater in a way that replicates natural systems.

Looking for other watershed materials?

We love to work with our watershed members to make education and outreach materials to meet their MS4 permit requirements and make an impact in their community. If you’re interested in other water-related topics or would like to customize an existing resource, please contact Lea Rodbarry, Watershed Communications Specialist at or 630-428-4500 x109. We make materials on a quarterly basis and appreciate your feedback!