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The original item was published from August 1, 2022 5:09 PM to August 1, 2022 5:30 PM
Summer is back in the Pacific Northwest, and the last thing most folks want to do on a hot summer day is mow the lawn. Instead, we look for relief from the heat in shady trees and pavement-free green spaces. And watering your garden during the summer can be expensive! Many of us search for ways to water our vegetables without racking up a huge water bill.
For a second year, we are pleased to offer Green Stormwater mini-grants. These grants pay for projects that remove lawns and pavement, capture rainwater, and bring native plants into urban spaces. Not only will these projects make your yard more beautiful and easier to care for in the summer, but they also reduce pollution during the rainy season.
With all the development in our region, most rainwater is no longer soaked up and cleaned by deep-rooted trees and native plants. Instead, water flows over our buildings, roads, and lawns. As it moves it picks up all the pollution on those surfaces: oil, pesticides, pet waste, and more. This toxic soup flows down storm drains and eventually reaches the Puget Sound. There it destroys habitat and makes both people and animals sick. Scientists estimate that up to 75% of all toxins in Puget Sound come from polluted stormwater runoff.
Fortunately, more and more people across Pierce County are bringing nature back into their cities to keep pollution out of local water, and PCD is here to help! Individuals, community groups, businesses, nonprofits, and others are eligible to apply for a mini-grant of up to $4,000 for one of the following:
Because polluted stormwater runoff comes from all our homes, neighborhoods, and communities, individual actions can add up to make a big difference in improving our water quality, protecting public health, and saving wildlife.
If you’re ready to do your part to protect our water and transform your urban community, apply for a Green Stormwater Mini-Grant today!
Request a site visit from our staff. You can also learn more about mini-grants, project requirements, and program priorities, at our website.
Projects must be located in one of three watersheds: Commencement Bay, Chambers Creek, and Lower Puyallup River Watersheds