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Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance for landscaping projects that focus on water quality. The public can apply for the Rainscaping Lincoln–Sustainable Landscapes Cost Share Program until April 26 or until funding runs out. The program is offered by the Watershed Management Division of the Transportation and Utilities Department.

The program offers homeowners up to $2,000 to reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses for a rain garden or bioswale, a waterwise lawn or pavement removal. The program is designed to improve surface water quality in the region, reduce stormwater runoff into storm drains and facilitate filtration through the soil to break down pollutants.

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Only property within Lincoln city limits is eligible for the funds, and applicants must own the property. Applications must be reviewed and approved before projects begin. Initial costs must be covered by the applicant. Receipts for approved reimbursable items must be submitted following a final site evaluation scheduled by the applicant.

To apply for funding and find more information, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: landscape). For questions about the program, contact Erin Kubicek, Watershed Management, at 402-441-4959 or ekubicek@lincoln.ne.gov.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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