Stormwater grant recipients announced

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Nineteen grant recipients were awarded $1.7 million through the Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant Program this year.

This program is designed to support projects in Lexington that improve and protect water quality. Revenue from the Water Quality Management Fee supports this grant program.

Seven infrastructure grants will support projects to stabilize stream banks, reduce water runoff from parking lots, harvest rainwater and study how to prevent litter from reaching local creeks.

Another seven grants will support smaller projects that are managed by neighborhood groups to improve stormwater in their communities. These projects include improving water quality in ponds, streamside restorations and planting native vegetation and trees. These projects have a significant emphasis on educating neighbors through volunteer days and workshops.

The remaining five grant recipients are non-profit and educational institutions that will provide stormwater education throughout Lexington. Projects include educating neighborhoods about stream management, developing curricula for teachers, encouraging citizen water sampling and promoting the use of trees and native vegetation to reduce stormwater runoff.

The Water Quality Fees Board selected these recipients from a pool of applicants. Each project goes before the Urban County Council for final funding approval. Descriptions for each of these projects are attached to this press release.

Citizens who are interested in starting their own stormwater improvement projects should be on the lookout for 2019 applications, which will be released in February. Applications and more information about the program can be found at:

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