The City of Lincoln is offering residents in the Antelope Park Sub-Basin in central Lincoln a cost-sharing program for water quality improvements. The City will reimburse up to 75 percent of expenses (up to $2,000) for some landscape projects.
The Antelope Park Sub-Basin is roughly bordered by Normal Boulevard on the north, Sheridan Boulevard on the south, 27th Street on the west and 35th Street on the east. A map of the eligible area and information on the program can be found at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: Antelope Creek).
The goal of the program is to reduce pollutants from entering Antelope Creek and its tributaries. The projects eligible for cost-sharing prevent stormwater from flowing directly into storm drains and allow stormwater to soak into the ground, providing a natural filter to break down pollutants.
Residents can qualify for a reimbursement of up to $100 for installing a rain barrel, an above-ground container to receive, store and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses. The following projects qualify for 75-percent reimbursement:
To participate, those in the eligible area are required to submit an application and schedule a site visit. Residents can do the work themselves or hire a professional landscaper. They will pay all expenses and keep receipts for approved reimbursable items. A second site visit must be scheduled after the work is completed, and the residents are required to maintain the project. Funding for the program is being provided by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District and the City.
For more information, contact Jeffrey Polkowski in the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department at 402-441-8427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.