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Earth Day Mini-Grants

For teachers, educators, and students - Deadline March 15

Do you have an idea for an Earth Day or Earth Month activity? The watershed district is offering mini grants to help cover the cost of the materials and support your ideas. Grant awards range from $50 to $250 and are available to teachers, informal educators, and students (advising teacher required) who live or work within the watershed district. Deadline is March 15.

Application

Criteria

  • Projects must take place within the watershed district
  • Projects must have a water resources component

Project examples

  1. Cleaning up trash around the school so it doesn't end up in our lakes and creeks
  2. A trip to a nature center to learn about aquatic life
  3. Planting trees
  4. Building, decorating, or installing rain barrels
  5. Project WET lessons
  6. Purchasing water education materials for immersion teaching

Awards

  • Amount: $50 - $250
  • Grants are awarded as a rebate for purchases made
  • A project report and receipts must be provided for refund to be issued

Application

Apply here
Due: March 15

Questions? Contact Michelle: 952-607-6481, mjordan@rpbcwd.org

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The essence of a watershed is connection; all the rain that falls on the land flows, drains, or seeps its way to our shared lakes, creeks, wetlands, and groundwater.

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Watershed Awareness Fact Sheet

Cost Sharing

The cost share program provides funding assistance for the design and construction, restoration or implementation of stormwater management best management practices (BMPs) that protect and conserve water resources in the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District.

Applications for 2018 are now open!.
First round deadline: April 11
Second round deadline: June 13

Interested or have questions?
Contact Michelle: 952-607-6481 mjordan@rpbcwd.org

guidelines and instructions

Residential applicants
Non-profits and associations
Government and businesses

2018 Application

Cost share application

Tool: cost estimation

Plant lists

Wondering whether your favorite plant can be used in a cost share project? RPBCWD approved plants for rain gardens and buffers are listed in the documents below. One of the differences between the two lists, is that only native plants may be used in buffers, but a selection of native-cultivars and non-native plants are allowed in rain garden projects.

Approved plants for use in rain gardens
Approved plants for use in buffers 

Does that seem like a lot of plants? Looking for a little more guidance? Check out our "all-star" plant lists below to find recommendations for different soil-moisture and sunlight conditions. 

Wet & Shady
Wet & Sunny
Dry & Shady
Dry & Sunny 

How to choose the "right" plant