Waterfront Property Care 
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How to maintain waterfront property
Living on the Fox River - A Riverfront Property Owner's Guide
Waterfront Home
Tall grasses and native plantings will keep these pesky critters away from your home.
Waterfront Property
As a land owner, and resident of the Fox River watershed community, what you do on your land can either positively or negatively affect the river and its natural resources. Here are some tips to keeping a healthy waterfront property.

Land Preservation
Many land owners wish to preserve their streamside property as a natural area. When you buy a waterfront property, it is most likely because you wanted to escape to nature, and what better way to achieve that goal, than with a natural landscape. Although public open space agencies often buy land, there are other ways to preserve your land. One such method is the conservation easement. Conservation easements preserve valuable natural lands while keeping them in private ownership. If certain criteria are met, there can be tax advantages.

Stream Restoration
By getting rid of weeds and other noxious plants, and restoring the landscape with native species of wildflowers, grasses and trees that enjoy growing along streams, you can create valuable wildlife habitat, improve the river’s water quality and provide a scenic spot for you to enjoy.
Storm DrainsNo Drain Dumping
Storm drains in your neighborhood flow directly to your stream. Oil, gas, yard waste and other material washing into or illegally dumped into storm drains can cause water pollution and fish kills. Keep exposed soil from washing into storm drains by keeping it covered.
Outbuildings & Equipment
During flooding events, sheds, construction materials, lawn and play equipment, benches and other debris are often washed down stream. This is not only costly for the land owner, but also creates pollution and clogs the stream channel, causing even more flooding later. Keeping all buildings, equipment and materials away from the stream is in everyone’s best interest.

Stream Maintenance
Removing log and debris jams reduces the risk of localized flooding, improves storm water conveyance, improves water quality, and helps prevent streambank erosion. Stream maintenance on a regular basis is the responsibility of the land owner. In some cases, assistance is available to remove large blockages.

Nuisance Wildlife
Common wildlife, such as beavers and Canada geese, can cause problems for land owners living along streams and other water bodies. In overabundance, these creatures can cause damage to trees and water quality, and aid in soil erosion and flooding. Because most wildlife is protected, special permits are required to remove nuisance wildlife species.
A Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River
in Illinois