Rainscaping Lincoln 2019 Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program
Learn how you can be reimbursed up to $2000 for installing a water quality project on your property!
We will begin accepting applications in March 2019!
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 rainscaping projects. The program reimburses participants for 50 percent of qualifying expenses related to these projects. The goal of this program is to improve water quality, reduce runoff, and facilitate infiltration. Participants may do the work themselves or hire an approved professional.
Funding for this program is provided by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, the Lower Platter South Natural Resources District and the City of Lincoln.
What are rainscapes?
Rainscapes are beautiful, as well as functional, landscaping projects designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff. They help improve water quality by preventing pollutants from leaving your property and reaching the storm drains. Rainscapes are also more sustainable than traditional landscaping because they utilize native plants, which require less water and fewer pesticides. Projects include rain gardens or bioswales, waterwise lawns, and pavement removal.
Submit an application and have it approved by City Staff *
Complete qualifying project within the allotted time frame
Provide photo documentation
Maintain the project for a minimum of 5 years
* Application must be approved and an agreement must be signed before work on the project can begin.
Rainscaping projects (except waterwise lawns) cannot be in the public right-of-way or directly above buried utilities.
All projects must comply with restrictive covenants (where applicable) and local ordinances.
Rainscaping projects and add-ons must be designed and installed as per the BMP Design Guidelines and other educational materials provided by City.
Cost Share Timeline
March 4 to April 26, 2019 (or until funding runs out)
May to September 2019
October 25, 2019
1. Choose one or more of the following approved projects
Rain Garden or Bioswale
A rain garden temporarily holds stormwater runoff in a shallow depression planted with native perennials and grasses. Similar to a rain garden, a bioswale slows the flow of stormwater runoff within a shallow channel. Both improve water quality by allowing more stormwater runoff to soak into the ground. They are dry most of the time and only hold water immediately following a rain event.
Native turfgrasses and soil quality restoration combine to create a Waterwise lawn. Native turfgrasses, such as buffalograss, are deep rooting and require less water than a traditional lawn. Adding organic matter to the compacted clay soils typically found in Lincoln helps more rain soak in where it lands, instead of running off and keeps your lawn healthy with less maintenance.
Impervious surfaces prevent water from soaking into the ground. By removing 100 ft2 or more of unwanted pavement and replacing it with vegetation or a permeable paver system, you can reduce the amount of stormwater runoff produced on your property.