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2008 Media Releases

May 27, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Amanda Meder, Watershed Management, 441-7701


Beginning June 2, Lincoln residents are invited to apply for a grant through the City Rain Garden Project. The grant would cover 80 percent of the cost for installing a rain garden, a depressed areas with native vegetation designed to filter pollutants from driveways, patios, roofs and lawns.

The City is able to offer the program because of a $145,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The funding will allow for the installation of about 90 rain gardens over the next two years. Matching funds will be contributed by the City of Lincoln, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

Rain gardens help keep streams and lakes clean by removing up to 90 percent of nutrients and chemicals and 80 percent of sediments from stormwater runoff. As part of the program, a water quality study will be conducted to analyze the impact of the gardens on stormwater runoff pollution. For this study, the City is looking for a group of neighbors on the same street who are willing to install rain gardens.

Applications for rain garden grants are due June 30 and are available on the City Web site at (keyword: rain garden); at the Old Cheney Farmerís Market through June 29; and at Waterfest at Holmes Lake Park June 14. Only hard copies will be accepted. They can be dropped off at or mailed to City of Lincoln Watershed Management, attn: Amanda Meder, 901 N. 6th St., Lincoln, NE 68508. For more information, call 441-7075.

A number of rain gardens will be made available to Lincoln schools and commercial properties to educate individuals on stormwater quality issues. The project will include a public education program on the impact of stormwater runoff on lakes and streams.

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