The Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District (RPBCWD) is excited to announce that it will be offering a Cost-share Program in 2014. The RPBCWD’s Cost-share Program provides funding assistance for efforts to protect, restore and conserve water resources within the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed (map of the watershed can be found on our website www.rpbcwd.org). The RPBCWD has allocated $130,000 for the 2013 Cost-share Program. The District also has a $150,000 dollars dedicated for cost-share project by community partners within the watershed. The funding for the community partners comes from Clean Water Legacy Funds.
Cost-share funds may be used for public or private landowners implementing projects that support one of more of the following:
The Cost-share Program will provide grants up to 75 percent of the total cost of the project on a reimbursement basis. The maximum grant amount is $3,000 for residential projects, $20,000 for non-profit type organization projects and 50% up to $20,000 for commercial and government projects. The minimum grant amount is $500. Projects completed or in progress when approved are not eligible for funding.
Examples of eligible projects include: raingardens, pervious asphalt and pavers, shoreland and streambank restoration projects, volume reduction and runoff treatment practices, or wetland restoration. “These types of project help reduce the amount of pollution reaching our waters and at the same time they look great; it’s a win-win situation” explains Claire Bleser, Administrator for the Watershed District.
For more information visit: www.rpbcwd.org or contact Claire at 952-294-5976.