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Wescott Park: A Model for Wilmette

Engineers have told us repeatedly that Wescott Park in the Village of Northbrook is a model for the detention tank systems that will be installed in Wilmette, so I went to see for myself. Wescott Detention Tank Site Here’s what the detention tank looks like now in Wescott …

Rain Gardens

Here in Wilmette, many of us have engaged in what you might call a Water War, but instead of a fight caused by water scarcity, it’s a dispute about who’s dumping stormwater where. It’s easy to see why people get mad. When water flows out of a downspout, …

Rain Barrels: A Partial Solution?

How do you like my new rain barrel setup? Not bad, right? Now picture this: During yesterday’s downpour, water was shooting out the downspout into the rain barrel on the right. Within a couple of minutes, the barrel was overflowing, splooshing old stagnant water out the top and …

April Showers and Smart Green Infrastructure

We’ve had a rainy start to April, here in Wilmette, but so far no “100-year” storms. Not that my dog Ellie cares. In fact, during her Wednesday morning walk, she seemed oblivious to the runoff streaming across the cement sidewalks. After the walk, and after splashing through multiple …

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