Rain Garden Makes Kane Government Center Environmentally Friendly
The Kane County Government Center recently was certified as a Conservation@Work site by The Conservation Foundation for planting a rain garden that will conserve rainwater and be attractive to people and wildlife.
Located directly behind the government center, the garden contains colorful native plants that attract wildlife including butterflies and birds, and also serves as a pleasant backdrop for employee breaks and lunches.
Rob Linke, water resources engineer, designed the garden to address an ongoing drainage problem at the building for several years. He came up with the idea to put in a rain garden to help infiltrate the water runoff and keep water from pooling in the area.
The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s largest and oldest private conservation organizations, with more than 4,000 members and donors, and more than 500 volunteers who contribute 20,000 hours per year.
Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.
- Feature photo from the Conservation Foundation: (Pictured l to r) Director Ken Anderson, Division of Environmental & Water Resourecs; Resource Management Coordinator Cecilia Govrik; County Board Member Barb Wojnicki; Director of Land Preservation Dan Lobbes, The Conservation Foundation; and, Rob Linke, water resources engineer.