This past February’s abnormally warm weather was a good reminder that spring will be here sooner than we might think. And for many of us this means working on lawn and garden projects. The good news is that your local watershed district may be offering opportunities to help share the costs when it comes doing something like installing a raingarden or restoring native habitats.
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District is just such a watershed district. It covers parts of the cities of Bloomington, Edina, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins (click here to see if you live in the district) and this year has launched a major cost sharing program to provide financial assistance for a broad variety of projects that will help improve water quality and natural resource in the watershed.
I learned about Nine Mile Creek’s new initiative when I attended an information session on February 15th. 20 people came out and expressed interested in installing raingardens in their front lawn, to help a major project to improve the water quality of a specific lake. Nine Mile Creek Watershed District shared its interest in a broad variety of possible projects under this program including raingardens, native habitat restoration, water pervious asphalt and other pavers, streambank and shoreland restoration, and efforts to reduce the overuse of salt during the winter.
Parties interested in doing these sorts of projects could be eligible for grants that cover up to 75% of the project’s cost through Nine Mike Creek. Plus, the cost sharing program is open to organizations in the watershed district like home associations, lake associations, and nonprofits as well as individual home owners. If you’re interested in learning more check out Nine Mile Creek Watershed District’s website.
If you don’t live in the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District you may still be in luck. In the west metro where I work, everyone is either in a watershed district or a watershed management organization created by a joint powers agreement between different municipalities. Click here to see a map of the different districts and organizations in the metro area created by Minnesota’s Board of Water and Soil Resources, and see if your area has its own cost sharing program.