Protecting Our Fresh Water Resources
One of the most important natural resources in Naperville is the DuPage River. The river first drew early settlers here and continues to shape the community, with the beloved Riverwalk winding along its banks through downtown, and many bicycle trails, parks and residential developments overlooking its scenic flow.
The Naperville Park District, together with other agencies and individuals throughout the region, is working to improve and protect the water quality of the river, so that fish, plants and other wildlife can thrive and so that people can enjoy and appreciate it.
With the assistance of a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, the Naperville Park District has made improvements at four parks that will help protect water quality in the DuPage River and other local streams. These improvements are called “Best Management Practices" (BMPs). Each of the BMPs helps reduce the amount of water pollution carried by stormwater from each of the park sites to the river.
Water Quality Improvement Project: Locations
Water quality improvements, or BMPs, were completed at four parks: Seager Park, Knoch Park, Pioneer Park, and Weigand Riverfront Park.
View a map of the projects in relation to the DuPage River here.
Best Management Practices
- Environmental parking lots to absorb and filter rain water
- Native plants to absorb and filter rain water
- A 10,000 gallon underground cistern to capture and reuse rain water
- Streambank stabilization to prevent erosion of sediment into the river
For More Information
Other organizations working to protect the DuPage River
What you can do at home to improve the water quality of the DuPage River
DuPage County Stormwater Ordinances and Initiatives
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency