Gresham Rain Garden Incentive

    Gresham Rain Garden Incentive

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    I diverted two downspouts and graveled the bed of the garden in an abstract shape. It turned out beautiful with fairly little effort.
    Most important lesson learned, take the Rain Garden 101 class. I gained valuable information and the know-how to build a rain garden.
    Do not get intimidated, or over think it. Keep it simple. It is very simple and very rewarding.
    We have started with a small rain garden in our backyard. Next year we hope to build a larger one in our side yard.
    Rain garden was planted entirely with Portland native plants and is certified as part of my Bronze Backyard Habitat through the Audubon society.

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    Contact Whitney Bailey to learn more about rain gardens and the incentive program, or call at (503) 935-5366.

    Gresham residents: you may be eligible for a $200.00 cash incentive to assist you with building a rain garden on your property!

    Why are we giving Gresham residents $200 to build a rain garden?

    Rain gardens not only help you, they help your neighborhood! Rain gardens remove pollutants and bacteria from stormwater, provide habitat for birds and pollinators, and beautify our green spaces. Installing rain gardens and disconnecting your downspouts can also make you eligible for reduced utility bills. We are offering this incentive to help Gresham residents create healthier neighborhoods and cleaner water.

    Learn more in the Rain Garden FAQ page!


    Who is eligible?

    Owners of residential properties within the Incentive Program’s target areas are eligible for this program.  Click on the tool below to find out if your property is eligible. (Note: The incentive area is defined by soil types, slope, and underlying geology likely to be suitable for rain gardens.  If you are NOT in the incentive area and still want to manage stormwater on site, contact us and the City of Gresham to find out about other options!)  

    Find out if you are in the Incentive Program area! (click/tap to expand)

    This rain garden handles stormwater -and- frames the front walkway nicely!

    1. Visit the City of Gresham’s Greshamview page.
    2. Close the popup in the middle of the map.
    3. Click on the button in the top right of the map that says “Show Map Layers Show Map Layers button.”
    4. In the Layers pop up, in the third column “Incentive and Grant Eligible Areas,” select “Downspout Disconnection / Rain Garden Area” at the top.
    5. A light purple overlay will appear on the map showing the incentive area (you may close the “show layers” pop-up to get a more clear view of the area).
    6. If you are uncertain about whether your address is in the area, you may enter your address in the search bar on the top left. A marker will show your address on the map, and you can see whether it is in the incentive area!

    Email Whitney Bailey, or call (503) 935-5366 to get started!

    I’m in the incentive area!  How do I participate?

    • Pre-construction: Contact us to schedule an initial site visit.  EMSWCD staff will visit your property to discuss your plans, go over the City of Gresham Rain Garden Guidelines with you, and provide you with the appropriate paperwork to get you enrolled in the program. (Note: If you are in Gresham but NOT in the incentive area, your property may not be suitable for a rain garden).
    • Design and construction: Conduct a percolation test to ensure your site has adequate drainage, design the rain garden, acquire materials, and install.  You may do the work yourself, and/or hire a contractor for some or all of the project.
    • Post-construction inspection and incentive processing: Schedule the post-construction visit.  EMSWCD staff will review the rain garden specifications to ensure it meets City of Gresham requirements, will help you fill out the remaining paperwork, and will submit your incentive request for processing.  Assuming everything goes well, your check should arrive within a month!

    Email Whitney Bailey, or call (503) 935-5366 to get started!

    Learn how to build a rain garden!Learn how to build a rain garden! We offer free Rain Gardens 101 workshops every spring and fall.
    check out our gallery pages to see local examples of rain gardensCheck out our gallery pages to see local examples of rain gardens! Rain gardens come in all different shapes and sizes.

    Is your property not suitable for a rain garden?  There are still many ways you can manage stormwater on your land! Click here to find out more!

    Have you already installed a rain garden? That’s wonderful! Find out how you can be recognized for your work!

    Click here to return to the main Rain Garden page.

    Still have questions?  Email Whitney Bailey, or call (503) 935-5366.