The three goals developed in the Water Resources section of the SAP are to encourage water conservation, educate residents about pollutants that affect Elgin’s water supply, and improve water quality throughout Elgin’s waterways. The detention basin retrofitting project at McLean Blvd and Holmes Road contributes to several of the objectives as described below.
An informational sign was installed at the basin to educate citizens about the retrofitting project. Water quality tests were performed before the retrofitting project began to illustrate the water quality benefits of the basin retrofit by contrasting nitrate and phosphorous levels before and after the retrofitting is finished and plantings are established. Xeriscaping, used in the basin retrofit at McLean Blvd and Holmes Road, is the method of landscaping that strives to conserve water through the use of native, drought resistant plantings, utilizing natural drainage patterns, limiting turf area and utilizing larger shrubs and trees for natural shading effects.