We all share responsibility for the health of our river and our community,
and we all have a role to play in solving Peoria’s wet weather problems. Discover how you can help.
It Starts with Simple Steps
Ready to start taking action to reduce runoff and pollution on your property or in your neighborhood? Explore these simple, sustainable solutions.
Install rain barrels to capture the rainwater that runs off your roof. Use it to water your flowers or grass.
Plant a Rain Garden
Beautify your property and reduce runoff by putting in a rain garden filled with perennials.
Choose porous pavers or permeable pavement for your patio or driveway. Consider mulch for walkways instead of hard surfaces.
Choose Native Plants
Make your yard thirstier with native plants, grasses and shrubs. Deep root systems help hold soil in place.
Watch Yard Waste
Sweep your grass clippings, fertilizer and soil onto the lawn so they don’t get washed into the storm drains.
Reduce Your Water Use
Repair leaks, use low-flow toilets and showerheads, and turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
Pick Up Litter
Putting trash in the garbage and picking up after pets are simple things you can do to keep our water clean.
Organize a Project
Work with your church, neighborhood association or other group to implement one of the ideas listed here.
News and Events
The Silver Lining to Record Rainfall
On the last weekend of September, record rainfall besieged Peoria. Over a three-day period, the National Weather Service estimated that over four inches fell on the city. Unofficial reports in some areas of the city were as much as seven inches on Friday, September 27….
A Community Conversation Around Credits
Dozens of residents gathered at Illinois Central College’s Peoria Campus in mid-April for a great discussion about the City’s new stormwater utility.
“Growing” Stormwater Solutions (and Local Residents’ Skills)
Peoria has a special farm where bioswales, a stormwater forest and other green infrastructure absorbs excess stormwater and helps prevent sewer overflows.