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.
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.