[tabi] Re: Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - Deadline for Tallahassee Rain Garden Grants Extended to July 8

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  • Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:59:31 -0400

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        Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - Deadline for
Tallahassee Rain Garden Grants Extended to July 8

Deadline for Tallahassee Rain Garden Grants Extended to July 8

Originally scheduled to end July 1, the deadline for applying for a City
of Tallahassee rain garden grant has been extended to July 8. Rain
garden grants are funded by the City's Think About Personal Pollution
(TAPP) campaign, to encourage property owners to install their own rain
gardens. Rain gardens help protect Tallahassee's water supply and reduce
flooding and local surface water contamination from stormwater runoff.

A rain garden is a landscaped area that is designed to capture and hold
excess rain water for a short period of time, allowing it to soak into
the soil and recharge the groundwater. Rain gardens also help slow the
flow of water from a yard during and after a storm, which helps reduce
water pollution in our lakes, sinkholes and streams.

"Rain gardens are an easy and effective way to make a difference in our
community," said Katie Hallas, TAPP Project Coordinator. "Because rain
gardens are so important to our water quality, we are offering grants
and assistance to help property owners in Tallahassee build their very
own rain gardens for free or at a reduced cost."

A total of 45 grants, not to exceed $175 each, will be awarded to
eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Only owners of
property located within the Tallahassee City limits are eligible. Before
applying applicants are asked to read Rain Gardens: A How- to Manual for
Homeowners, Your Personal Contribution to Cleaner Water, which is
available online at www.tappwater.org. All candidates must submit a
general information page, rain garden sketch and checklist before the
July 8 deadline.

Reimbursement for plants, compost and mulch used in the rain garden will
be provided after an on-site visit from a TAPP representative to verify
that the rain garden has been completed. All plants must be planted by
September 30 and the original receipts from purchases as well as photos
of the garden must be submitted by October 3 in order to receive
reimbursement. Once the rain garden is properly documented,
reimbursement for the amount of the actual documented cost or $175,
whichever is less, should be received within 45 days.

Anyone interested in creating a rain garden should contact TAPP
Coordinator Katie Hallas at 891-6806. Upon request, a City
representative knowledgeable about rain gardens is available to meet
with potential applicants at their property. The representative can help
assess the location for a rain garden, provide a rain garden sketch for
the application and suggest plants for each individual garden - at no
charge to the property owner.

For more details about rain gardens, the application process and how to
get assistance with the application, visit www.tappwater.org. For
information about ways to save energy, water and money through the
City's Energy Smart Plus (e+) program, visit Talgov.com/YOU
<http://www.talgov.com/you/index.cfm>  or call 891-4YOU (4968).

Contact: Katie Hallas, Water Resources Engineering, 891-6806, Lorin
Pratt, Utility Marketing, 891-6106, Bill Behenna, Department of
Communications, 891-8533

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