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Garden project aims to improve Crystal Lake one raindrop at a time

As long as raindrops keep falling on Crystal Lake’s head, a new rain garden being constructed at Pine Street and Oriole Trail will thwart pollution, stall flooding and bring climate science to a whole generation of students.

That’s the scope of the project described by Nancy Gonsiorek, a volunteer with the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee in McHenry County.

The garden will include a display garden, pond and a dry stream bed running down to a retention area where native vegetation has been planted. Five homes were razed in early spring to facilitate the garden, Gonsiorek said.

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