Live within the District and looking to protect clean water while beautifying your yard? The MCWD has grants available to help.
The grants are available to homeowners, schools, businesses, non-profits, congregations, community groups and more. Applications for single-family home projects are due on June 30, 2014. Non-residential applications are accepted year round.
This program pays for practices that reduce the amount of rainwater and snowmelt runoff going into local lakes, streams, and wetlands. Practices that are eligible include:
- Permeable pavement
- Green roofs
- Tree trenches
- Infiltration basins
- Infiltration trenches
- Any other innovative stormwater volume reduction and runoff management practice
Get the full details on eligibility, evaluation, and application in our Stormwater BMP Summary and Guidance Document. You must live within the watershed. Check here to see if your home is within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District!
Funding can cover up to 50% of the cost of the project, up to $2,500. Requests for additional funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require approval by
the MCWD Board of Managers. Funding will not be considered if the project is being required by any governmental entity.
What is best for my yard? Trying to determine what will work best for your yard can be a challenging task. If you are looking for more information on the different types of best management practices for rainwater runoff and snow melt check out our education pages and learn a bit more about the different tools you can use! Do you own creek-side or lake-side property? Check out our shoreline and streambank stabilization grant program.
What is a raingarden? Most commonly used are raingardens, which are shallow depressions that capture stormwater and allow it to soak into the ground. Deep roots of perennial shrubs, grasses and wildflowers break up compacted soil and promote infiltration. By catching stormwater where it falls, raingardens slow runoff, prevent erosion and decrease the amount of pollution flowing downstream to lakes, streams and wetlands. Raingardens also provide beautiful landscaping - which increases property values – and much needed habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife in an urban environment.
What are permeable pavements? A common option for residents at their homes are permeable pavements, which function like traditional concrete or asphalt surfaces, but allows water to seep through the pavement surface – which would otherwise be impermeable. Pervious pavement allows water to flow into an underlying rock storage area that helps filter pollutants out of stormwater. In soils that are conducive to infiltration, pervious pavements allow water to soak into the ground, replenishing ground water. In tighter soils, the system is designed with an under drain that conveys clean water to the storm sewer system.
What makes a great project? Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Water Quality: Does the project reduce the rate or volume of runoff or promote the infiltration of runoff?
- Soil Erosion Control: Does it reduce erosion or reduce sedimentation in downstream waters?
- Wildlife Habitat: Does it improve wildlife habitat through native plantings or restoration efforts that are consistent with the natural hydrology/geography of the area?
- Innovative Techniques: Does it provide a new solution with potential to be duplicated elsewhere?
- Collaboration: Does it demonstrate strong partnerships and/or local citizen support?
- Public Outreach: Is the site publically visible? Is the property owner willing to participate in public outreach or education opportunities?
For more information and how to apply please contact:
MCWD Cost Share Program Specialist
MCWD's Telly Mamayek tells the story of a grant recipient on WCCO Radio: