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SWAN NEIGHBORHOOD VEGETATED SWALE UPDATE

Swan Neighborhood Vegetated Swale Update This is a photo taken by Management Analyst and Sustainability Grant Coordinator Aaron Cosentino of a recent rainstorm where you can clearly see the rainwater entering into the Vegetated Swale. The Vegetated Swales in my neighborhood are doing what they were designed to do: direct and infiltrate the rain water […]

What the Heck is a Vegetated Swale?

What the Heck is a Vegetative Swale?  There are two different types: one is engineered; one is not. Let’s take the non-engineered one first: It is simply a drainage ditch that is filled with dense and/or deep-rooted, water-loving native plants that will infiltrate rainwater instead of allowing it to move as fast as possible off […]

WILD ONES WALK IN A SHADE GARDEN

  My liking for gardens to be lavish is an inherent part of my garden philosophy.  I like generosity wherever I find it, whether in gardens or elsewhere.  I hate to see things scrimp and scrubby.  Even the smallest garden can be prodigal within its own limitation.      V.  Sackville West   Wild Ones Walk […]

Cold, Rainy Spring

Cold, Rainy Spring For the first time ever–in 13 years–I was not able to burn my prairie gardens this spring.  Too wet, too cold, or too windy.  So I finally had to have it cut down, raked up, and tied up or stuffed into waste bags.     I don’t have a place to compost […]

Let’s Keep our Rainwater Here–Part 3

    Good Taxes “ ‘Good tax’ may sound like the ultimate oxymoron at first,” says Luigi Zingales, a professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and author of a new book,  A Capitalism for the People.  (No, he’s not a Socialist, he’s actually a Libertarian.)  He was […]

LET’S KEEP OUR RAINWATER HERE, PART 2

LET’S KEEP OUR RAINWATER HERE Part 2 WHAT FALLS IN ELGIN SHOULD STAY IN ELGIN   When rain falls, two things can happen to it.  It can infiltrate the soil and become an asset to local life, or it can run off and become a liability to life downstream. James M. Patchett & Gerould S. […]

Let’s Keep our Rainwater Here.

LET’S KEEP OUR RAINWATER HERE WHAT FALLS IN ELGIN SHOULD STAY IN ELGIN When rain falls, two things can happen to it.  It can infiltrate the soil and become an asset to local life, or it can run off and become a liability to life downstream. James M. Patchett & Gerould S. Wilhelm The Ecology […]