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MSD continues funding for 2016-2017 rainscaping large scale grants

The Rainscaping Program of MSD Project Clear is pleased to announce the fifth round of a rainscaping cost-sharing opportunity. As part of MSD Project Clear Consent Decree with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, MSD will spend $100 million in Rainscaping investments over a period of 23 years, with an overall goal of reducing combined sewer overflows to the Mississippi River. The Large Scale Grant Program is part of this investment.

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The goals of the Rainscaping Large Scale Grant Program are to identify and implement rainscaping projects and programs that will significantly reduce the amount of rainwater that enters the combined sewer system, thereby abating combined sewer overflows into the Mississippi River. Rainscaping projects can prevent stormwater from reaching the combined sewer system by capturing and diverting it to locations where it is detained, infiltrated into the ground, evaporated, taken up by plants, and/or reused.

MSD seeks to continue to build partnerships with municipalities, local government agencies, schools, community development organizations, and private developers through the Rainscaping Large Scale Grants Program. “By working with partners on large community-scale rainscaping projects, we can have a positive effect on our entire sewer system. The program offers additional benefits as well, such as beautifying neighborhoods, and increasing awareness about best stormwater management practices,” stated MSD Executive Director Brian Hoelscher.

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The 2016 round of Rainscaping Large Scale Grants closed on October 31, 2016. Applications for the next round of Large Grants will open on August 1, 2017. Projects must be located in the green program area, shown in the map above (click the image for a larger version). To find out if your property is in the area for the grant program, or for more information about the program, visit www.projectclearstl.org/rainscaping.

If you are constructing a project within the Rainscaping area, your stormwater management installations may qualify for a Rainscaping Grant through MSD’s Development Review Process. If you have questions regarding this process, or would like to view the Program Application, visit the Stormwater Management page.

About MSD Project Clear

MSD Project Clear is the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region. MSD Project Clear will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping and system improvements, along with an ambitious program of maintenance and repair and the disconnection of some residential downspouts in parts of St. Louis County’s separate sewer area from the wastewater sewer line. This work is part of an agreement between MSD, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE).

The St. Louis region’s success with MSD Project Clear will only be possible through strong partnerships and clear communications with the public.

To learn more about the MSD agreement with EPA and MCE, please visit www.stlmsd.com/our-organization/organization-overview/consent-decree. For more information on MSD Project Clear, visit ProjectClearSTL.org or follow us on Twitter @ProjectClearSTL or Facebook at Project Clear STL.

About the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)

Created in 1954, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) works every day to protect the public’s health and the natural environment through effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies.

MSD is responsible for the public sewer system that homes and businesses connect to through lateral lines. Through a labyrinth of connected sewers, wastewater is transported to one of seven sewer treatment plants – nearly 7,000 miles of sewers in all. That is like going from St. Louis to New York City and back three times! Individual property owners are responsible for another important part of the system, the sewer lateral that connects a home’s plumbing to the public sewer in the street.

Media Contact:
Mack A. Bradley
StandPoint Public Affairs
mack@standpointpa.com
314-324-8567
@MackBradley

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