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Cedar Rapids residents offered financial, technical assistance in water quality

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A new program in Cedar Rapids will offer residents financial and technical assistance to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff.

The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost-Share Program will provide Cedar Rapids residents who qualify, up to $2,000 reimbursement to implement the program.

“This program is a win-win for customers and the City,” said Sewer Superintendent Jon Durst. “For half the cost, homeowners can improve their property and play an active role in improving the City's water quality and storm sewer system performance.”

Any project that promotes infiltration, the process by which water on the ground surface enters the soil, will be eligible to apply. Example projects include rain gardens, bioretention cells, pervious pavement and soil conditioning.

Financial assistance will help cover the project costs. The City of Cedar Rapids will provide partial reimbursement up to 50 percent of the project cost or $2,000, whichever is the lesser value. A total of $25,000 will be allocated to the program for the first year. All funding is provided directly from stormwater utility fees. Projects will be awarded while funds remain available, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any customer that pays a stormwater utility fee will be eligible for participation in the program.

Residents who are interested in implementing stormwater BMPs on their property must fill out an application form provided by the City and provide a plan detailing the design of the project. The proposed measures must conform to the standards set forth in the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual and/or the Iowa Rain Garden Design and Installation Manual. Applications must be submitted to the Public Works Sewer Maintenance Division.

A site visit will be part of the approval process. A signed maintenance agreement and all final receipts must be submitted by the property owner in order for the City to reimburse approved costs.

Residents can get an application and learn more about the program by visiting www.CityofCR.com/stormwater or contacting the City of Cedar Rapids Stormwater Coordinator at 319-286-5802 or sewer@cedar-rapids.org.

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