Holmes Lake Watershed Water Quality Improvement Program

In 2007, the City of Lincoln launched a pilot program to offer rain garden installation for 90% off the cost, free rain barrel installation, and free no/low phosphorus fertilizer. Funding for this program was provided by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

Homeowners applied for the installation of a free rain barrel or a rain garden for 90% off the cost. The program was introduced at the Holmes Lake Watershed Public Meeting at Lux Middle School on Tuesday June 26, 2007, where applications became available. The applications were reviewed and awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Installation of rain gardens and barrels began in early Fall 2007.

Rain garden installed as part of the Holmes Lake Watershed Water Quality Improvement Program
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The three segments of the Holmes Lake Water Quality Improvement Program were rain gardens, rain barrels, and the use of no/low phosphorus fertilizer. Promotion of these practices was intended to increase awareness about the small changes in lawn care and landscaping practices that can make positive impacts on water quality.

Photos of installed rain gardens

Lawn Care Survey

As part of the Holmes Lake Pollution Reduction Project (9 K) PDF, homeowners in the Holmes Lake Watershed received lawn care surveys in the mail. Homeowners could bring the completed survey to Campbells Nursery & Garden Center on 56th and Pine Lake Road to receive 2 free bags of no phosphorus fertilizer. The goal of collecting survey results was to evaluate and better understand the common lawn care practices within the Holmes lake Watershed and to gauge the effectiveness of stormwater quality education efforts. Follow-up surveys were made in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to assess lawn care trends in the area.

For More Information

This program is no longer available. Please see the Grants and Cost Share Programs page for more information on grants that are available, or call the Watershed Management Division of Public Works at 402-441-7075.