PEORIA - The City of Peoria is sprucing up southtown.
Through a grant from Illinois American Water - the city is planting a new rain garden.
Volunteers are out today putting in some of the plants that will inhabit the garden.
Raingardens use native vegetation to catch rain water and stop it from running in to sewers.
The city's hoping it'll inspire people in the area to start planting gardens themselves.
City Engineer Jane Gerdes, "We'd like to encourage anyone to do this - whether it be a public agency of business or private homeowners - we'd like to encourage them to use native vegetation in their yards."
The garden is 500 square feet and six inches deep.
It's at the intersection of MacArthur Highway and Richard Allen Drive.