Seasonal Campaigns

Seasonal Outreach Campaigns assist our watershed group agency and associate members connect with their communities during each of the four seasons.

The communications tools and messages in the seasonal toolkits were developed to assist members of the Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group communicate seasonally appropriate messages to their residents as well as fulfill permit requirements for education and outreach.

The campaigns can be used in its entirety, or in pieces that best fit specific community needs. If you would like social media posts edited with your logo, we are happy to help. Feel free to edit blog posts and newsletter articles to best fit your community.

Check this page for routine updates throughout each season! Please contact our Watershed Communications Specialist with questions or comments: Lea Rodbarry, or 630-428-4500 x109


Theme: Native Plants

Timeline: April through June


  • Social media posts:
    • Adding Native Trees to your Landscape:


    • Native Plants 101:


    • Planting Native Plants in your Landscape:


Click the above images to enlarge and download for your own social media use. If you would like posts customized for your agency, please contact Lea Rodbarry, Watershed Education & Outreach Assistant: or 630-428-4500 x109

  • Handouts (coming soon)


Theme: Detention Basins

Timeline: June through August


Blog posts:


Newsletter articles (summarized versions of blog posts):



Social media posts:

    • Stormwater Detention Basin Basics:


    • Benefits of Native Buffers:


    • Ways Homeowners Impact Detention Basins:


Follow Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group on Facebook for examples of how to share these posts with your community!

For communications staff: Summer Seasonal Campaign Checklist

Use this checklist as a reminder to utilize our outreach materials and to facilitate reporting of MS4 Public Education and Outreach requirements.


Theme: Leaves

Timeline: September through November

Leaves that find their way onto our sidewalks and streets can clog storm sewers, causing standing water. In addition, the leaf litter increases nutrients in our rivers and streams, which can cause excessive algae growth.


Blog Posts:

Newsletter Articles (summarized versions of blog posts):

Infographic Poster:

Social Media Posts:

Let us know how we can customize these posts for you with your logo or specific leaf collection information (such as dates or pickup zones)! Email Lea Rodbarry, Watershed Communications Specialist, at

  • The Connection Between Leaves and Water Quality


  • This Fall, Use Leaves as a Resource

  • The Effects of Leaves on Storm Drains


  • Leaf Collection Reminder Posts


For Communications staff: Fall Seasonal Campaign Checklist

Use this checklist as a reminder to use our outreach materials and to facilitate reporting of MS4 Public Education and Outreach requirements.



Theme: Chloride Reduction / Salt Smart

Timeline: November through March (or at first and last snowfall)

Resources: Blog posts, newsletter articles (summarized versions of blog posts), social media posts, handouts, bumper stickers, plastic 12oz salt scatter cups, vehicle magnets for winter maintenance trucks. Further details coming November 2019



2019 Meetings

November 14

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