Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program
Due to stormwater runoff, many pollutants typical in urban areas have been found in our local waterways. The entire city benefits when residents take steps to prevent water from leaving their property and entering the storm drains.
The City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division is offering a rebate of up to $2000 to Lincoln property owners for approved projects. The program reimburses applicants for 50 percent of qualifying expenses related to the projects outlined below. These projects are intended to improve water quality, reduce runoff, and facilitate infiltration. Participants may do the work themselves or hire a professional.
List of Contractors (107 K)
To qualify for the program, you must:
- Live within the Lincoln city limits.
- Own property where the project will take place.
- Design a sustainable landscape that incorporates two or more of the projects outlined below.
- Submit an application.
- Complete project within allotted time frame.
- Maintain the project for at least 5 years.
Accepting Waitlist Applications
You are encouraged to apply to be on the waitlist, which will update you when more grant funds become available to address stormwater runoff on your property and in your community.
A combination of these projects may qualify for 50 percent reimbursement of approved expenses.
The links below contain details about each project type (PDF format ).
1. Rain Garden
A rain garden temporarily holds stormwater runoff, allowing it to soak into the ground. It is dry most of the time and typically holds water during and immediately following a rain event.
2. Native Landscaping
Native plants are hardy and drought resistant and require less fertilizer and maintenance. They also attract a variety of butterflies, birds and other pollinators.
3. Rain Barrel
A rain barrel collects and stores stormwater runoff from residential rooftops. Rainwater is naturally soft and free of chlorine, making it ideal for watering flowers.
4. Soil Restoration
Hard, compacted soils prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground. Soil restoration reduces runoff and creates the foundation for a healthy lawn.
5. Lawn Seeding
Seeding with hardier native turf – a blend of low-growing grasses with deep fibrous root systems – will keep your lawn greener with less water, fertilizer and maintenance.
6. Pavement Removal
Impervious surfaces prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground. Removing unwanted pavement reduces runoff and creates more green space.
- Examples of Multiple Projects
- Example 1: Sustainable Landscapes – Multiple Projects (279 K)
- Rain gardens, native landscaping, soil restoration, and lawn seeding
- Example 2: Sustainable Landscapes – Multiple Projects (765 K)
- Rain garden, native landscaping, soil restoration and grading, lawn seeding, permeable pavers
- Example 3: Alternative Project – Rain Water Harvesting (728 K)
- Underground catchment system
- Frequently Asked Questions (55 K)
For More Information
Questions regarding the program may be directed to:
- Ellen Wright