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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

The Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation provides education to community members and professionals regarding water quality issues. DuPage County Stormwater Management funds certain projects that provide a stormwater management benefit. These projects include technical workshops on various National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) topics geared towards municipalities, townships, consultants and the public; storm drain stenciling activities throughout the County to inform the public on the effects and the dangers of dumping waste into the storm sewer drains, volunteer River Sweep programs to promote river restoration, C.A.R.E Volunteer Monitoring program to monitor sites and the health of the aquatic life and macroinvertebrates along the DuPage Rivers, and youth based environmental education programs such as the Mighty Acorns and Envirothon.


Rain Barrels 

  • The Conservation Foundation sells rain barrels made from recycled food and beverage containers. Rain barrels are a great way to store runoff for use in lawns and gardens.
  • In April of 2009, The Conservation Foundation sold rain barrels, partially subsidized by DuPage County Stormwater Management to County employees. Over 250 rain barrels were purchased.
  • In May of 2009, The Conservation Foundation sold over 125 rain barrels to DuPage County residents at a Native Plant and Rain Barrel Sale held at the DuPage County Fair Grounds.
Jim Zay with Rain Barrel

Stormwater Management Planning Committee Chairman Jim Zay loads a rain barrel into an employee's car.

Native Plant Sale

DuPage County residents purchase rain barrels and native plants at a sale at the DuPage County Fair Grounds. 

Conservation at Home

This program encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and/or create yards that are nature friendly and conserve water. This includes planting native vegetation, creating rain gardens and removing exotic plant species. The program aims to promote water resource practices through the use of rain barrels and rain gardens that reduce runoff, filter water and conserve water. Homeowners receive a yard assessment, and certified landowners will receive a certificate of achievement and sign to post in their yard.

Trainings & Seminars

The Conservation Foundation offers training seminars in erosion and sediment control and facilitates the administration of the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) exam. CPESC certification classifies the recipient as a specialist in soil erosion and sediment control practices. The Conservation Foundation also works closely with the DuPage River Salt Creek Work Group (DRSCWG) on in-stream water quality monitoring studies and reports, dissolved oxygen studies and monitoring, bio-assessments plans, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) impairment evaluations for the DuPage River and Salt Creek watersheds and chloride reduction and de-icing education and outreach.