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Keeping Rivers Healthy: Part 1

S17 Episode 01 Healthy Shoreline, Healthy River 

Naperville Park District's Project Manager Peggy Motta explains how native plants along the river shoreline prevent erosion and protect water quality, provide habitat for pollinators, discourage Canada geese from nesting along the shoreline, and provide a beautiful place to enjoy.  

Quote from the episode:

“Turf grass has very small roots, only 2-3 inches deep, so if you mow up to the shoreline, it’s unable to help (prevent erosion). Some native plants have roots that are 16-20 feet deep. And they also have a lot of small, fine roots that are able to embed themselves in the soil to hold it.”  Peggy Motta

The project at Lincoln Greenway described in this episode was funded, in part, by a Water Quality Improvement Program Grant from DuPage County Stormwater Management.

Lincoln Greenway is located at 1052 Edgewater Drive in Naperville, along the banks of the West Branch DuPage River, adjacent to Veterans Park. The DuPage River Trail winds through Veterans Park and crosses Gartner Road at the eastern edge of Lincoln Greenway and then proceeds along the river to Pioneer Park and beyond.

This episode is part of Series 17: Protecting Our River

For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series visit https://www.napervilleparks.org/PODCASTS.