Mini-grant award checks will be distributed in two separate check payments, each being one-half the amount of the total grant award. The first check will be delivered by a Sweet Water staff liaison usually upon the first meeting scheduled with the project awardee in the spring just prior to implementation of the grant project. The delivery of the second check will be based on completed milestones agreed upon between the awardee and the liaison at their first meeting that should be the approximate half-way completion mark of the project.
What is Green Infrastructure?
Green infrastructure is an alternative, cost-effective approach to reduce pollution coming from stormwater runoff. Rather than resort to costly construction of new pipes, detention basins and building larger treatment facilities, green infrastructure practices use ecological processes to capture, detain, infiltrate, and filter stormwater on, or near, to where it falls.
What are the types of Green Infrastructure?
There are both structural and non-structural approaches in using green infrastructure that include green roofs, rain gardens, vegetated bio-swales, buffer strips, pocket wetlands, wetland restoration, constructed wetlands, protection and enhancement of riparian corridors and flood plains, as well as the use of porous concrete and blacktop and permeable pavers. Also included in this array of practices are those that collect rain water for re-use such as rain barrels, cisterns, and other harvesting systems.
How can green infrastructure be implemented?
Green infrastructure can be implemented at various scales from individual sites, to neighborhood projects, to community-wide initiatives. Green infrastructure practices are adaptive by nature and designed specifically to address the issues associated to the particular site where implemented.
Judges are invited by Sweet Water and are drawn from differing fields of the water industry and academia.
Awardees will be requested to erect signage provided by Sweet Water recognizing Sweet Water and its Mini-Grant Program sponsors at the project site. We request that the sign be erected in a visible place.