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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013


The Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group is seeking information upon the current roadway deicing and snow-fighting practices of municipalities in the Hickory Creek watersheds. The information will be used as baseline information for the evaluation of alternative deicing practices that may be more cost effective and protective of water quality. The general survey results will be compiled and emailed to all respondents excluding the names and specific information of the responding agencies.

Please return completed questionnaire to Lindsay Birt by February 01, 2014 by email or fax:

915 Harger Road, Suite 330 Fax: (630) 684-9120
Oak Brook, IL 60523 http:/

Green Infrastructure Can Be Divine!

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Annunciation Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish in Homer Glen, southwest suburb of Chicago

Members of the Hickory Creek Watershed Planning Group and members of the villages within the watershed visited Annunciation Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish. The group was eager to learn about the parish’s use of native plant communities to create a unique place in the area and to manage the excessive stormwater flowing over and through the property whenever it rains.

The church was built in 1999 on 10 acres in Homer Glen, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Initially, the landscaping was conventional with acres of lawn to manage. It wasn’t long before it became apparent that very wet conditions made much of the landscaping a nightmare to maintain. Fr. Thomas Loya had attended meetings on sustainability at Homer Glen and met people from Conservation Design Forum. Together they developed a master plan for the church landscape. More than ¾ of the turf grass was converted to native prairie grasses and wildflowers.