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Project Clear Rainscaping Small Grants Program
Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) . MSD has partnered with the Missouri Botantical Garden to provide rainscaping and grant information, as well as a list of approved St. Louis contractors to help you design and build a beautiful, working rainscape – and RF Landscape Services is very proud to be one of the few Participating Contractors in the region.
The MSD handbook says that “the purpose of the program (Rainscaping Small Grants) is to reduce the volume of stormwater going into the combined sewer system by installing rainscaping-‘landscaping that helps capture rain where it falls, instead of allowing water to run off-site.’”
If you live within the Mid, North, South or West Counties, as well as in St. Louis proper, we can help you with rainscaping by designing and building…
- Green Roofs: We design and build roofs with vegetation and other types of plants that can live on rooftops. Your roof would be covered with a waterproofing membrane to ensure that water doesn’t leak into your building. Rooftop gardens help lessen pressure on sewer systems.
- Downspout Disconnections: One of the goals for Project Clear includes downspout disconnections to keep rainwater from going right into the street. Instead, it’ll go directly into your yard. Not only will this help the city’s sewer system, but it also benefits you because you’ll save money on your utility bills. How? The redirected rainwater will go directly into your lawn and landscapes to irrigate your property rather than relying on city water to do the job.
- Rain Harvesting: We can help you set up rain barrels on your property to collect rainwater. A rain barrel will collect water from your downspouts and roofs, allowing you to store it for the time when you’ll need it the most—during hot, dry summer days. It’s a great way of recycling rainwater that can also save you money on your water bills.
- Rain Gardens: Rain gardens are shallow areas designed with water-loving plants to allow rainwater to filter into them. Rain gardens allow your stormwater to slowly percolate into the ground—allowing for improvement in the local water table, as well as reducing flooding and stream erosion in nearby tributaries. Rain gardens absorb up to 30 percent more water than a lawn of the same size would absorb.
Helpful Rainscaping Small Grants Links
To learn more about the grant program and if you qualify for it, visit the following sites:
- For an application form, go to http://www.projectclearstl.org/get-the-rain-out/rainscaping/.
- To check out the types of rainscape projects that you may want to install, go to www.mobot.org/rainscaping.
- To see the types of plants that would go into a rainscape, go to www.mobot.org/rainscaping. Click on the link, “Select Plants” that’s located under “How to Rainscape.”
- To learn how to perform a percolation test on your property, go to http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/sustainability/sustainability/sustainable-living/at-home/rainscaping-guide/is-a-rain-garden-right-for-your-site.aspx?questionid=365&afmid=8228. The instructions are listed at the bottom of the page.
- To find out where underground lines are on your property, call 1-800-344-7483 (DIG-RITE). For additional information, go to http://www.mo1call.com.
- To learn more about MSD Project Clear Rainscaping Small Grants Program, visit these sites:
Our Other Conservation Products & Services
We also provide the following smart conservation practices that may not be covered under the grant program, but will help control stormwater runoff. We can design and build…
- Underground downspouts
- Catch basins
- Stone filtrations
Additionally, we work with St. Louis engineers to develop drainage and erosion plans to keep water out of your business or home. We provide the following services for your drainage and erosion control needs:
- Edge drain construction
- Erosion control blanket placement
- Fence removal
- Irrigation services
- Safety fencing
- Silt fencing
- Silt sacks and dams
- Stone filtration
- Straw bales and mulch
Are you ready to add a rainscape to your property? In Missouri, we serve numerous cities within the Mid, North, South and West Counties, as well as in St. Louis proper. If you want to add a rainscape or you want to know more about our erosion/draining control services, call us at 314-487-6400 or fill out our contact form at
MSD – Project Clear –
MSD Project Clear. “Rainscaping Small Grants Program, Landowner Guide,” MSD Project Clear:
Missouri Botantical Garden. “RainScaping Guide,”
R.F. Landscape Services –
Rosenbaum, Jason. “MSD Launches ‘Project Clear’ – 23 Years of Clean Water Construction,” STL Beacon, February 26, 2013: