Hello Kids,

Snowy days, windy days, rainy days, sunny days….we’ve had them all these last few weeks.  The recent sunny days have me thinking about the first day of Spring and the holiday that falls right before, which is St. Patrick’s Day.  This is one of my favorite holidays. Why? Because it’s my birthday! But that’s not the only reason.

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of the color green.  Some of my favorite things are green; trees, grass, clover, and shamrocks; lettuce, spinach, peas, and green beans; hummingbirds, dragonflies, frogs, and turtles.  All these things have something in common; none of them can live or grow without WATER.


Our Green Friends Need Water To Survive

Animals need water



Keeping our water clean is important for all living things and green TREES play an important role in keeping our water clean.


The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is working very hard to improve the water quality in our watershed with many different projects and educational programs.  Every year in March, we gather volunteers to help us plant seedling trees to form what is called a Riparian Buffer.  

Riparian Buffers are a strip of land along side of streams that have vegetation such as trees and grasses that help to protect the rivers.  The roots of trees help to keep the soil in place along the river and they also work as a filter to help keep our water clean.


Rogers family volunteers

Rogers Family planting trees

Springdale Elm Springs Elem volunteers

Springdale and Elm Springs volunteers


You can help protect our water!

  • Bring your parents and join us at our March 8th Riparian Project
  • Sign up for a summer watershed camp and learn more about your watershed
  • If you have a dog make sure you pick up the dog poo in your yard and place it in your trash pick-up bin
  • Don’t litter! Put trash where it belongs, in a trash can
  • If you see trash on the ground, even if it is not yours, pick it up and put it in the nearest trash can

Even little things make a big difference!


More information about our 7th Annual Riparian Event:

The 7th Annual Riparian Project:  The What, Why, How and When

IRWP 2014 Riparian Project – Information and Registration

2014 Riparian Project Locations

Get in the Zone with Riparian Buffers

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