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Program Background:
The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Cost-Share Program provides property owners financial and technical assistance in implementing stormwater BMPs for improving water quality and reducing the amount of stormwater runoff.  Financial assistance will help cover the cost of materials and/or contractor labor for completing the projects. Projects can range from rain gardens and bioretention cells to pervious pavement and soil quality restoration.  The City will provide partial reimbursement up to 50% of the project cost.

Who is Eligible:
Anyone subject to the City of Cedar Rapids stormwater utility fee will be eligible for participation in the program.

How to Apply: 
Application Requirements:

  EZ Application  Full Application and Signed Maintenance Agreement Form
Maximum Reimbursement   $2,000  No max
Application Cycle  Open enrollment Applications to be submitted at least 45 days prior to each Stormwater Commission Meeting
Required Paperwork
How will application be reviewed

Staff Review

Competitive evaluation by Stormwater Commission every 2 months based on the following criteria: 

  • Quantity of impervious area treated
  • Public exposure and educational potential
  • Curve-Number reduction for area being treated
  • Thorough maintenance plan
  • Watershed priority areas

Unsuccessful applications may reapply

Application packages can be submitted to the Public Works Sewer Division: 

City of Cedar Rapids
Public Works Sewer Division, Attn Stormwater Coordinator
500 15th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA  52404

or via email at sewer@cedar-rapids.org  (include "Attn Stormwater Coordinator" in the subject heading) 

Conditions:  

  • The proposed measures must conform to the standards set forth in theIowa Stormwater Management Manual and/or the Iowa Rain Garden Design and Installation Manual.  

  • Reimbursements are made after all work is completed and inspected.  

  • The applicant is responsible for implementation of the project. 

  • The City is not liable for personal injury or property damage. 

  • The property owner is responsible for all applicable permits. 

  • The City does not warranty approved projects. 

Contact the City of Cedar Rapids Stormwater Coordinator for more information at 319-286-5604 or sewer@cedar-rapids.org.   

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