Rain Garden Grants Available to Homeowners
The Gresham Outlook, March 12, 2010
Gresham homeowners who are planning to landscape this spring could be eligible for a grant of up to $100 for installing a rain garden.
The city of Gresham and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District are offering 10 grants to encourage the building of rain gardens, which are designed to absorb rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways and compacted lawns. Rain gardens can support a variety of shrubs, flowers and grasses, and they prevent runoff from flowing untreated into streams and creating pollution.
Rain garden grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for applicants who meet the criteria. The application and rain garden information is available at greshamoregon.gov/watershed or by calling Jamie Stamberger at 503-618-2793. The city also offers free rain garden assistance and home visits.
Residents can learn how to build a rain garden at a free workshop that will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Register in advance at www.emswcd.org or call 503-935-5383.
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