MSD’s Project Clear is offering small grants to encourage the use of simple rainscaping techniques to help the public understand how stormwater impacts the combined sewer system, and how they can help be a part of the solution through the use of rainscaping on their properties.
Much of Dutchtown, mostly the area east of Grand, falls in the qualifying area. Check the map to see if you can apply for a grant.
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.
Impervious surfaces such as rooftops and driveways have replaced healthy soils and natural plant communities that once readily absorbed rainwater. The resulting runoff contributes to water pollution, health challenges and property damage. Additionally, St. Louis’s combined stormwater sewer system can be overwhelmed by excess runoff which leads to backups.