Landscaping for Water Quality Rebates

Native landscaping can help improve water quality as well as conserve water and improve air quality. Incorporating native landscaping provides more efficient and environmentally friendly landscapes.

Our streets connect to lakes and rivers through underground storm sewer pipes, so we can all help improve the quality of our lakes, ponds and creeks by adding these simple techniques to our landscapes.

How does landscaping improve water quality?

Capture Pollutants
Design, construction and planting of rainwater gardens, infiltration basins, pollinator gardens and shoreland buffers to slow water runoff and capture pollutants that are in the rainwater allow water infiltrate slowly into the ground, just like nature does. Pollutants include things like nutrients, insecticides, pesticides, herbicides and soil particles.

Mitigate Erosion
Native vegetation slows down water runoff and the longer root systems help reduce erosion and absorb extra nutrients. Bluegrass has a shorter root system and does not work well in preventing erosion.

Provide Better Wildlife Habitat
Kentucky bluegrass does not provide food or shelter for many song birds, butterflies, bees or other wildlife. However, it is a favorite food for geese! Buffers will deter geese from entering your yard.

Why use native plants?
Native plants existed here prior to human influence. They developed naturally in Minnesota and are adapted to our soil, water and weather conditions. Once established the area will need less irrigation, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides, and less mowing is needed, which is good for air quality.

What types of landscaping qualify for rebate?

  • Shoreland buffers planted at lake, wetland or creek shorelines
  • Rain gardens, infiltration basins or pollinator gardens designed, constructed and planted to capture stormwater runoff

Rebate Guidelines

  • Rebates available to Eden Prairie residential water customers with non-delinquent accounts
  • Maximum rebate for any single project is 50 percent of direct project costs up to a maximum of $1,500, and is subject to participant’s commitment to complete and maintain project; funding is limited
  • Project must start and be completed in current calendar year
  • Payment issued when project is completed and valid receipts are presented to City
  • Project must be maintained for minimum of five (5) years
  • City staff must inspect project area before and after installation
  • If irrigation is installed in project area, water-efficient methods such as drip, soaker, micro-spray or underground irrigation must be used
  • Buckthorn removal projects require a landscaping plan; click here to learn more about buckthorn
  • Minimum of 75 percent of plants selected for project must be native plant species identified by Blue Thumb or University of Minnesota Bee Lab
  • All projects must be completed in accordance with City Code section 9.71 on native landscaping
  • Information regarding other grants or rebates must be provided; City rebate cannot cover costs paid from another source of funding
  • Minimum of 10 percent of project cost must be paid by applicant; use of in-kind labor must be proposed to and approved by City prior to starting project

Contact the City's environmental coordinator with questions about the City's water conservation rebate programs.

Landscaping for Water Quality Rebate Form [PDF]

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