Cost Share Grants Program & Application

river edge with cut lawn flowing right to water
Before restoration, the Schoeller’s turf grass lawn stretched all the way to the edge of the water. 
river with taller grasses and plants along edge
Now, this beautiful buffer of plants prevents stormwater runoff from flowing into Willowbrook Stream.

The District has provided Cost Share (formerly Best Management Practices) grants to its residents and local governments since 2001 and has participated in over 80 projects to improve water quality and habitat in our area. These completed projects include lakeshore and stream bank buffer restorations, rain gardens that allow water to naturally seep into the ground, feedlot design and improvements and habitat restoration. 

Click here to fill out or download a grant application

Project proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis and the highest ranking proposals are presented to the Board of Managers for approval. With the adoption of the 2010 Watershed Management Plan, the ranking criteria added points for the Impaired and Focused Watershed Management areas of the District, as well as opportunities for Lake Homeowners Associations to apply for help in controlling non-native, invasisve aquatic vegetation.

To learn more about the District's Cost Share (BMP) program, download brochure

For more information about rainwater gardens and shoreland buffers, visit

To make an appointment for a site visit to discuss your particular project, contact:

Map of Competed Projects.pdf921.25 KB
Cost Share Brochure973.91 KB
2013 Annual Cost Share Report1.37 MB
2011 Annual Cost Share Report430.68 KB