The City of Isanti views rain gardens as a powerful tool to manage stormwater, as well as a great way to add asthetic elements to residential lots. In order to encourage its residents to install rain gardens, the City of Isanti has the Residential Rain Garden Incentive Program. Program participants will be given tools for planning and implementing rain gardens on their property, and approved applicants will be reimbursed 50% of the cost, up to $500, for plants, soil, and other supplies to get the garden started.
- Submit the Interest Form, and City staff will contact you.
- Each property will need to pass the Project Assessment to be eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-first come, first-served basis until annual funding runs out.
- Project Plans need to be submitted prior to any work taking place.
- Once all work is complete, submit a Reimbursement Form.
Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District will assist with garden design for incentive program participants as staffing time permits.
Call 763-689-3271 or by email to schedule a visit.
Additional rain garden resources:
- Blue Thumb “The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens – Design and Installation for Homeowners in the Upper Midwest” (available through the public library system or a variety of retailers)
- City of Tacoma – Typical Details for Rain Gardens (diagrams)
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Backyard Rain Garden Manual
- This Old House – How to Build a Rain Garden to Filter Run-Off
- Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance
- University of Minnesota Extension – Master Gardeners
- University of Wisconsin Extension Rain Garden How-to Manual for Homeowners
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency