Aidan, Izzy, and Mr. Stone
Aidan, Izzy, and Mr. Stone

Flowers at Second Street Basin
Flowers at Second Street Basin

Spiny Soft Shelled Turtle
Spiny Soft Shelled Turtle

Aidan, Izzy, and Mr. Stone
Aidan, Izzy, and Mr. Stone

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Species at boneyard creek

WELCOME TO SPECIES AT THE BONEYARD

The boneyard used to be prone to major flooding and damage in Champaign-Urbana, especially on campus. Causes of flooding included rapid runoff, limited channel capacity, and the fact that the storm sewers had outlets on 3rd street. The flooding caused structural and business losses, with damage costs up to $1,500,000. In 1993, the flooding was so detrimental that the university was shut down. Ultimately, the people of C-U wanted change. The project was officially select in 1976 and the boneyard commision was formed. Citizens contributed to the planning of the project by giving  suggestions and comments. Their feedback helped form the master plan which was finalized in 1978. Not only does the plan control flooding, it also makes the boneyard a beautiful part of the community that everyone can utilize.

PEOPLE OF THE BONEYARD
ANIMALS OF THE BONEYARD

 Listen to citizens talk about the boneyard, what they do there, what effect it has on the community of C-U, and more!  

 Read about animals that live in the boneyard as well as look at pictures and videos of the animals in their natural habitat.