Jan 08, 2021

Wisconsin County Accepts Drain Mural & Plant Grant Applications

The grants aim to engage local groups in projects that protect area waters

Wisconsin’s Dane County Land & Water Resources Department and the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership are accepting grant applications for their Storm Drain Mural Program and Free Native Plants for Schools and Communities Program. 

The grants aim to engage local groups in projects that protect area waters, reported the Sun Prairie News.

The Free Native Plants for Schools and Community Projects Program helps provide schools and community groups with free native plants. As a result, the native plants increase infiltration and reduce soil compaction through their deep root systems. This ultimately reduces storm water runoff and pollution into area waterways.

“Encouraging collective action by groups and residents across the county is a key component to helping us reach our water quality goals. Through these grants, we hope to reduce barriers for groups wanting to implement projects to educate and protect our environment,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

The plants also provide important food and habitat to wildlife and pollinators.

Since the start of the program in 2016, more than 15,000 plants have been distributed to 86 different schools and community groups, reported the Sun Prairie News. Schools and community groups located within Dane County are encouraged to apply.

An interactive map of projects that have received plants in the past and an application form are available on the program webpage and applications are due by Feb. 1. 

The Storm Drain Mural Program uses art to educate Dane County residents about storm water pollution, according to its website. 

The goal of the murals is to capture the attention of those who pass by and help them comprehensively understand where the storm water that enters their storm drain flows. 

The Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership, and Dane Arts Mural Arts, the Storm Drain Mural Program has painted 29 murals across 15 Dane County communities, including Sun Prairie, since 2018, reported the Sun Prairie News.

Applicants have the option to assist with the mural design and painting or choose from a catalogue of pre-made designs. An application form is available on the program webpage and applications are due by Feb. 15.

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