Water Quality Grants and Cost Share Programs
Current Cost Share Programs
Antelope Park Sub-Basin Water Quality Project (apply for waitlist)
Qualifying property owners within the Antelope Park Sub-Basin may be reimbursed for 75% of eligible expenses, up to a max share of $2000 per property. You may do the work yourself or hire a professional landscaper. The goal of this project is to reduce pollutants in Antelope Creek and its tributaries.
Landscape Water Quality Project (applications will be accepted when funds become available)
Qualifying property owners may be reimbursed for 50% of eligible expenses, up to a max share of $2000 per property. An approved landscape water quality project can be installed by the property owner or by a landscape professional.
City of Lincoln Rain Garden Project
In September 2010, the City of Lincoln's Watershed Management Division launched the 50-50 Cost Share Program for Lincoln city private property owners to design their own rain gardens. Each qualifying property owner was eligible to be reimbursed up to $1,000 for their rain garden expenses. Reimbursement paid for the cost of soil amendments (compost and sand), plants, drain tile, equipment rentals and work performed by an approved landscape professional.
In June 2008, Lincoln residents were invited to apply for a rain garden on their property through a grant that would cover 80 percent of the installation cost. Rain gardens were installed in the fall of 2008, the spring/fall and the spring of 2010. This project was funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, City of Lincoln, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
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.