Rain Garden / Rain Barrels / Native Plant Rebate
In 2012 the City of Northfield started providing incentives for city property owners to enhance stormwater collection and infiltration. The Rain Barrel and Rain Garden incentive programs are reimbursement programs rather than grants. Once the appropriate application and documentation is submitted to the city and approved, and the installation of the rain barrel or rain garden is verified, the city will issue a credit on the applicant’s utility bill. All holders of utility accounts in the city are eligible to apply for the stormwater incentive programs.
Rain Barrel Incentive Program
Rain barrels are an easy way for residents and businesses to conserve water and reduce the amount of water leaving their property. Rain barrels collect water from roof downspouts and allow it to be reused to water gardens. Rainwater is also better for plants than tap water.
The Rain Barrel Rebate program encourages property owners to capture and reuse stormwater runoff by installing rain barrels. Property owners who buy and install a rain barrel after Feb. 15, 2012 can receive a $20 credit on their utility bill after sending in a completed rebate form along with a receipt of purchase and a staff visit to verify installation.
Rain Garden Incentive Program
The purpose of Northfield’s Rain Garden Cost Share program is to reduce stormwater pollution and localized flooding by encouraging Northfield property owners to install rain gardens. Through this program, participants receive a 50% reimbursement on the cost of rain garden materials and equipment rental up to a $250 maximum reimbursement. To apply, please fill out and return the application form linked below.
Properly designed, constructed, and maintained rain gardens have many benefits. Rain gardens are made by routing stormwater from a roof downspout, driveway, or sidewalk into a shallow depression that is planted with native plants. Rain gardens allow stormwater to infiltrate into the soil rather than running off into the street where it is rapidly channeled to the Cannon River through the city’s storm sewer system.
Infiltrating rainwater close to where it falls helps improve and protect the quality of lakes, rivers, and groundwater and reduces the load on the storm sewer system. Rain gardens provide many additional benefits such as adding beauty and value to each home and providing wildlife habitat to attract beneficial birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.
Native Plant Rebate Program
The Native Plant Rebate Program is designed to promote the growth and development of native plant communities in Northfield. The City of Northfield encourages the planting and establishment of native plant communities due to its positive impacts on pollinator organisms such as bees and butterflies and its ability to reduce stormwater pollution. Native plants have deep root systems that allow water to infiltrate into the ground instead of running over impervious surfaces collecting pollutants on it way to the Cannon River and other surface waters.
Participants who qualify for the Native Plant Rebate can receive a utility bill credit for 33% of the cost of the see, up to $75. The rebate will be distributed in the amounts of $25, $50, or $75.
If you are interested in participating in the Native Plant Rebate Program, stop by City Hall and pick up the registration form, brochure and approved plant list or print from the links below:
Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District
The Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District offers several free, educational workshops on rain gardens, native gardens, and shoreline plantings every spring and early summer. These introductory workshops and hands-on design courses are open to anyone, regardless of which county you live in. Residents of Dakota County (including those who live in the very northern tip of the City of Northfield) are also eligible to apply for Landscaping for Clean Water Grants from the Dakota SWCD, which include on-site technical assistance and a $250 reimbursement.
Rice County Soil and Water Conservation District
The Rice County Soil and Water Conservation District offers different cost share/incentive programs to help reduce urban stormwater runoff. These programs are available to residents that live in the Rice County portion of Northfield.