DesPlaines Watershed

What to Expect During a Storm

Our snow & ice fighting program’s top priority is to keep people safe and roads passable. Our staff attends training to keep up with best practices for using the right amount of salt to keep roads safe while also reducing our impact on the environment. Because the conditions of each storm are different, we have a plan and decision-making process to make the best use of finite staffing and equipment.   During a storm, what do we plow first? In…

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Salt Smart Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads this Winter

It takes a little time to adjust to winter driving after the first snowfall. Stay safe on the roads this winter by adopting smart winter driving habits: 1. When there is snow—Go Slow. Everyone is in a hurry to get where they are going, but we’re much more likely to get into an accident when driving fast in slippery conditions. On snowy or icy days, plan ahead and give yourself extra time to adjust to road conditions. 2. Don’t Crowd…

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The Effects of Leaves on Storm Drains

We all enjoy the bright colors of changing fall leaves. And when leaves litter our lawns, we might complain about having to continuously rake them. But how many of us make the connection that leaves impact stormwater systems and the health of local waterways? How Leaves Cause Problems for Local Drainage Systems During and after rainfall, stormwater brings leaves that have gathered on streets and sidewalks into storm drains. When large amounts of leaves collect in storm drains, leaves can…

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The Connection Between Leaves and Water Quality

Colorful leaves create beautiful scenes in our neighborhood throughout the fall season but quickly pile up in yards and streets. Did you know that fall leaves contribute up to half of the annual amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater in just the months of October and November? As the rain falls and flows through the piles of leaves, phosphorus quickly leaches out of leaves much like a tea bag in water. This “leaf tea” makes its way to our local…

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This Fall, Use Leaves as a Resource!

As fall rolls around, colorful leaves begin to fall off their trees and scatter lawns across the neighborhood. Extra clean-up is needed in the fall to keep your yard tidy as the leaves pile up. When cleaning up your yard, it is important to dispose of your leaves the right way! Many times, leaves end up on the street where they can be washed into storm drains, back up stormwater and enter our waterways where they can cause big problems…

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Naperville, IL 60565

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