Bloomington, Indiana is encouraging homeowners to apply for funding for storm water management projects.
Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) is inviting homeowners to apply for funding through the second annual Residential Stormwater Grants Program.
The city has allocated $70,000 for the 2020 program to assist owners of single-family residential property with environmentally-friendly drainage projects, according to WBIW. These projects can range from rain gardens, bioswales, to detention pond maintenance.
According to WBIW, CBU will host three public informational meetings about the grant application process and project requirements:
Saturday, Jan. 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 – 7 p.m., Banneker Community Center, Third Floor, 930 W. 7th St.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6 – 7 p.m., Switchyard Park Pavilion, 1601 S. Rogers St.
Residential projects for consideration should improve the management of storm water before it enters natural waterways. Much of the storm water in Bloomington is captured by the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) before being discharged to streams.
Funding for the program comes from the storm water fee increase approved by city council in 2018, reported WBIW. Approximately one-quarter of the revenue generated by this fee increase funds for environmentally conscious upgrades, including green infrastructure improvements, along with the residential grants.
In 2019, $35,000 was allocated to the Residential Stormwater Grants Program and 11 projects were funded. Projects ranged from around $500 to $5,000 and included rain gardens, dry creek beds and ditch stabilization projects. The amount allocated to the program was doubled to $70,000 in the 2020 budget, reported WBIW.
“As climate change makes storm water challenges more frequent and severe, the city is committed to working with property owners to control flooding and mitigate future damage in environmentally responsible ways,” said Mayor John Hamilton.
CBU is requesting applications be submitted by 5 p.m. on Apr. 1, 2020, to the city of Bloomington Utilities, Attn: Kriste Lindberg, Stormwater Education Specialist, 600 E. Miller Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401, via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 812-349-3617.
An optional Letter of Intent may be submitted by 5 p.m. on Mar. 1, 2020, before the application to help with project planning.
An appointed committee will rank the applications and decide which projects to fund; projects will be ranked and selected based on their potential to improve drainage and reduce the number of pollutants discharged into Bloomington’s waterways.