Healthy Shores Initiative

Shoreline property owners have a unique opportunity to help improve our water quality. Because their properties drain directly into our streams and lakes, reducing the runoff of nutrients, sediment, and other pollutants has an immediate effect on the health of our water. Our Healthy Shores Initiative promotes two types of plantings that can help reduce the amount of pollution running into our streams and lakes.
Natural Shorelines: Natural, healthy shorelines feature an abundance of native plants both on the land and in the water, which work to filter pollutants out of runoff, deter nuisance wildlife like Canada Geese, stabilize the shoreline, slow wave action, and create important aquatic habitat.
Rain Gardens: Rain gardens look very much like a typical flowerbed, but they are bowl-shaped, generally 6-8 inches deep, and are strategically placed to capture rain water runoff from a downspout, patio, or driveway. Allowing this water to soak back into the ground prevents it from carrying nutrients, sediment, and other pollutants directly into the reservoir.
Homeowners often worry that a natural shoreline or rain garden will look messy, but with proper planning and technical assistance from the , a natural shoreline and rain garden can be beautiful, low-maintenance landscape features without interfering with the view or recreation.
The (UWRWA) is currently accepting grant applications for native shorelines and rain gardens on shoreline properties around Geist Reservoir. Participating landowners will receive a sign to post in their yard proudly stating that they are doing their part to make a difference for water quality. Please download the application packets below to get started in this exciting initiative! This opportunity will expire on January 1, 2014.
  • Native shorelines are eligible for 75% of costs up to $2,000. Rain gardens are eligible for 75% up to $2,500. Complete the application by clicking below!

Healthy Shores Application