Information and Forms
- Rainscaping Cost-Share Application
- Landowner Guide with Eligible Improvements
- Past Participating Contractors List
- Register for an Orientation
- Contractor Guide with Eligible Improvements
- Online Rainscaping Guide
- Rainscaping Resources
- Rainscaping Presentation
- Cost Comparison Presentation
- Drawing Instructions/Example
- Graph Paper
- List of Invasive Species and Native Alternatives
- Invasive Honeysuckle Removal
- Native Plant Sources
- Percolation Test Instructions
- Rainscaping Maintenance Schedule
The purpose of this program is to improve stormwater management and benefit aquatic life in Deer Creek and its tributaries by installing landscaping that helps capture rain where it falls, instead of allowing water to run off-site.
Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else.
Rainscaping can also be employed to solve a drainage problem, increase aesthetic appeal, improve property values, and/or attract birds and butterflies, in addition to other benefits. Rainscaping practices can include features such as rain gardens, bioswales, trees and shrubs, green roofs, etc. to slow down, soak up and reuse rainwater before it carries pollutants to a local stream.
Each landowner with property located in the Deer Creek Watershed is eligible to receive a rebate of 75% of approved and documented costs up to a maximum of $4,500 for project design, implementation, and/or maintenance costs incurred for Rainscaping Cost-Share funded feature(s). Landowners including residential, institutional and commercial are eligible to participate.
|Rainscaping Cost-Share Program Timeline|
|Round A||Round B||Round C||Round D||Round E||Round F||Round G||Round H|
|Planting Time||Spring 2016||Fall 2016||Spring 2017||Fall 2017||Spring 2018||Fall 2018 or Spring 2019||Fall 2019 or Spring 2020||Fall 2020 or Spring 2021|
|Receipts and Completion Forms Due||No later than 6.15.16||No later than 10.7.16||No later than 6.16.17||No later than 10.10.17||No later than 6.15.18||10.12.18 for Fall 2018 installs; 6.14.19 for Spring 2019 installs||10.18.19 for Fall 2019 installs; 6.18.20 for Spring 2020 installs||10.16.20 for Fall 2020 installs; 6.18.21 for Spring 2021 installs|
|Cost-Share Funds Dispersed to Landowners||Within 12 weeks of receipt of Project Completion Forms|
|Quality Control/ Ground Truthing/ Completion Forms Processed||Within 6 weeks of receipt of
Project Completion Forms
For Round H, maintenance payment request forms from landowners are due May 14, 2021 for Fall 2020 installs or November 19, 2021 for Spring 2021 installs.
For more information about how to incorporate rainscaping in your yard, visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's online Rainscaping Guide.
The Rainscaping Cost-share program is funded by Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation, and US EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G14-NPS-04), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.