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Money available to install rain gardens

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 9:26 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – The Grundy County Soil & Water Conservation District currently is accepting applications for rain gardens through its Partners for Conservation Program. 

The district is able to cost-share 60 percent of the cost associated with installing a rain garden at your home, school or business. That means that the office will reimburse you 60 percent of the cost spent on installing your garden. Items that it can assist in paying for include plugs, mulch, physical labor, roto tiller and a skid steer if one is needed.

Sample gardens for the public to view are at the Grundy County Administration Building along School Street in Morris and at the Grundy County Farm Bureau building on Route 47 in Morris. 

The purpose of a rain garden is to capture runoff water/stormwater, hold it for no more than 24 to 36 hours to allow the water to slowly infiltrate the soil and become part of the aquifer.  This will allow us to use the water for our everyday uses such as showers, cooking and washing clothes. Otherwise, the water will run off to the streets and enter the sewer system causing it to overflow. The water could also enter waterways causing them to overflow and flood low lying areas.

The type of plants that are used in rain gardens are native flowering plants or grasses, such as black-eyed susan, wild blue flag iris and spotted joe-pye weed. 

For information, call 815-942-0359, ext. 3 or visit 3605 N. Route 47, Suite B, Morris, inside the USDA Service Center and ask for Natalie or Brooke.

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