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Rainscaping Grants Up To $3,000 Available

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.

MSD grant area map
Find out if your property is in the grant area. Click the image for a larger map.

What is Rainscaping?

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.

Why Rainscape?

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.

Where Do I Sign Up?

Visit MSD’s Project Clear website for more information on the grant program. Application forms and additional information are at the bottom of the page. Good luck and happy rainscaping!

Neighborhood assemblies for participatory budgeting have started in the 20th Ward. At these assemblies, residents can help to decide how $100,000 in ward capital funds will be spent.

Residents will brainstorm and suggest ideas at these assemblies. Once the cost and feasibility of the more popular projects is determined, ward residents will have the opportunity to vote on which capital project or projects get done.

Join your 20th Ward neighbors at any of the four assemblies being held in May throughout the ward.

May 14th: Marketplace of Ideas Showcase

Head to the Thomas Dunn Learning Center on Saturday, May 14th at 9am for the Incarnate Word Foundation’s 6th Annual Marketplace of Ideas Showcase. Five finalists will exhibit their proposals for youth summer programs and residents will have an opportunity to vote on which three receive a $10,000 grant.

Read on for more information about the finalists.


Upcoming Events on Wednesday, May 18th: DT2 After Hours and 20th Ward Meeting

Pick one, or try to stop by both for bonus Dutchtown points!

DT2 After Hours: Logan’s Kids Resale

Downtown Dutchtown Business AssociationJoin DT2 members at Logan’s Kids Resale and check out a great selection of infant and early childhood retail goods.  We’ll have light snacks and refreshments and plan to update everyone on the progress of the Community Improvement District.

20th Ward Meeting: Building Better Blocks

Thomas Dunn Learning CenterMeet new 20th Ward Neighborhood Improvement Specialist DeAnna Murphy, the City Counselors that litigate nusinance properties, the officers than enforce ordinances, the Circuit Attorney Office that prosecutes criminals, 20th Ward Buildling Inspectors, and the folks behind the Mayor’s PIER Crime Plan. Bring a neighbor and your ideas on how to strengthen our community together.

Dutchtown West Meeting: Tuesday May 10th

Join the Dutchtown West Neighborhood Association for their monthly meeting (every second Tuesday of the month) at Grbic Banquet Hall, 4071 Keokuk at Meramec. The meeting begins at 7:00 and will feature updates from Neighborhood Liaison Officer Keith Novara and Alderman Shane Cohn. All are welcome!