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Yorkville's Rain Gardens and Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is an important equation to sustainable sites.


Our First Rain Garden

On Monday, May 19, 2008 the City’s first rain garden was installed on the south side of the building to capture 900 square feet of roof runoff. Click here to see a photo of the rain garden. The two green circles in the center of the planting area are connected to the downspouts and gently disperse the water into the rain garden. A rain barrel has also been purchased to capture additional roof runoff and will be installed to provide water for the annual plants

at City Hall.

The City's Second Rain Garden

Yorkville received a grant from the Illinois Rain Garden Initiative in the amount of $500 to help fund the installation of our second rain garden. Just outside the windows of the REC Center pool, a rain garden was installed on September 24, 2009 to capture over 9,600 square feet of roof runoff from four downspouts off of the metal roof. The city connected the downspouts via pipe to flow underground to the rain garden, where the water can infiltrate the natural plants and have more time to soak into the ground.

What is a rain garden?

Roof runoff is collected in gutters and flows out downspouts into an underground system of storm sewer pipe. A rain garden collects this runoff at the end of the downspout and acts as a storage area where native plants absorb the water and allow for infiltration (water to soak into the ground). Click here to see the City Hall rain garden planting plan.

Learn how you can install your very own!

Are you interested in installing your own rain garden at home? On April 28, 2007 the United City of Yorkville held a Water Conservation Community Forum. Megan Andrews, Resource Conservationist, from the Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District explained to participants how they could install their own rain garden. You can view Megan Andrews presentation here. Additional information is available at

For additional information on how to install a rain garden you can click here to download a brochure courtesy of Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

Additional ways you can conserve.

Creating a rain garden or using a rain barrel are just a few ways that you can make sure your house has less of an impact on the environment. Additional Low Impact Development methods such as bioswales, cisterns, brick paver driveways, or roof gardens also minimize the stormwater runoff from your home.