News Release 059

Director Pauley announces $1.1 million in stormwater pollution reduction grants awarded for St. Louis-area

Volume 39-059 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 11, 2011 –The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today announced the awarding of $1,113,274 in grants for three different St. Louis-area projects aimed to reduce stormwater runoff.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mount Calvary Rain Garden at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brentwood, department director Sara Parker Pauley announced three St. Louis organizations to receive grants to reduce stormwater runoff. The Missouri Botanical Garden, East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Operation Brightside’s stormwater-reduction projects include implementing green infrastructure technologies, developing additional rain gardens and transforming a vacant lot into an urban runoff demonstration site.

“Urban stormwater runoff is a considerable source of water pollution, not only in St. Louis, but throughout the state and nation,” Pauley said. “Projects like the Mount Calvary Rain Garden and the others whose funding we’re announcing here today not only help address the issue, but stand as examples that can be replicated throughout the metropolitan area.”

These projects foster Governor Nixon’s vision of using green innovative technology to improve the environment, help create jobs and stimulate Missouri’s economy. The three organizations that were recently approved to receive federal funding under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act include:

The Missouri Botanical Garden - $588,269 grant for the Deer Creek Watershed Initiative Project (Phase II). The Missouri Botanical Garden will provide a match contribution of $392,199 over the life of the project, bringing the overall funding for this project to $980,468. The project, which will include implementing green infrastructure technologies – with a focus on plant-based solutions – to improve water quality stemming from stormwater runoff related pollution. The project is scheduled to be completed by March 2014. The groundbreaking ceremony held today for the Mount Calvary Rain Garden was included in a 319 grant previously awarded to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Deer Creek Watershed Initiative Project (Phase I).

East-West Gateway Council of Governments - $429,005 grant to improve urban water quality through the South Grand Great Streets Initiative. This grant will fund rain garden installations at seven intersections along South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis. Other funding for this demonstration area will support installation of permeable sidewalks and parking lanes on the same stretch of road. This project, the total cost of which is $715,010, will allow the council to highlight green infrastructure that is effective in urban and suburban areas, and to evaluate specifically its effectiveness to improve water quality of urban nonpoint source runoff. Project completion is expected by December 2014.

Operation Brightside - $96,000 to transform a vacant, barren lot at Kingshighway Boulevard and Vandeventer Avenue into a demonstration site to show techniques to reduce the urban impacts to the watershed. The total cost for this project is $160,000. The barren site at the corner of this intersection is located next to Operation Brightside, which expects to complete this project by March 2014.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Department of Natural Resources, has provided funding for these projects under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The department's Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities and businesses to assist with funding efforts that improve water quality in Missouri.