DesPlaines Watershed

Benefits of Native Buffers for Detention Basins – Newsletter

Planting a native buffer, or strip of native plants, around a stormwater detention pond can transform a suffering detention pond into a well-functioning and beautiful feature in your neighborhood. A buffer of native plants stabilizes the shoreline, reduces water contamination, and lowers maintenance required to keep a detention basin in good condition. A naturalized detention basin not only prevents flooding and water contamination, but can also provide aesthetic value, opportunities for recreation, and a home for wildlife habitat. To learn…

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Benefits of Native Buffers for Detention Basins

No one wants to deal with a flooded basement or maneuver around submerged streets after a storm. Unfortunately, the risk of flooding increases with suburban development—native vegetation, soil, and landscape depressions that store stormwater are replaced with impermeable surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and rooftops. Rainwater easily runs off these surfaces, putting more strain on our waterways and stormwater infrastructure. Detention ponds, also called detention basins or retention ponds, are important structures that help prevent flooding. A detention pond…

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Stormwater Detention Basin Basics

What is the purpose of a detention pond? A stormwater detention pond, or detention basin, is a man-made pond in residential and commercial areas that collects stormwater run-off from surrounding landscapes, roads, and rooftops. The detention pond temporarily holds stormwater until it slowly releases into a local waterway. Depending on its design, some detention basins are dry-bottomed and all the water drains between storms. Some are more pond-like and hold open water all of the time. Finally, some are more…

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Stormwater Detention Basin Basics – Newsletter

A stormwater detention pond can make a community more resilient to flooding by collecting and temporarily storing stormwater. Detention ponds can also improve water quality by keeping pollutants and sediment out of downstream waterways. To ensure effective management of stormwater, regular detention pond maintenance is required. Detention ponds are usually maintained by Homeowners Associations, but there are steps homeowners can take to aid the function and visual appeal of their local detention pond. To learn more, visit www.lowerdesplaineswatershed.org/detention-basin-basics

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Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape – Newsletter

Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape – Newsletter The many benefits of native plans have made them an increasingly popular addition to landscapes, but native plants aren’t happy growing just anywhere. Here are some important questions to ask yourself when adding native plants to your landscape: When is the right time to add native plants into my landscape? How do I want to design and prepare my landscape? How do I maintain my native plants?  Asking yourself these questions will…

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