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File #: 19-1763    Version: 1 Name: 11/4/19 - 2020 Rain Garden Partnership
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/4/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/4/2019 Final action: 11/4/2019
Enactment date: 11/4/2019 Enactment #: R-19-486
Title: Resolution to Approve Agreement with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner to Support and Fund the 2020 Rain Garden Program Partnership ($30,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Agreement City-County.pdf
Title
Resolution to Approve Agreement with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner to Support and Fund the 2020 Rain Garden Program Partnership ($30,000.00)
Memorandum
Your approval is requested for an agreement with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office (WCWRC) to support and provide funding for the 2020 Rain Garden Program Partnership. The total cost of the 1-year program will be $30,000.00.

The City has had a long-standing relationship with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office and supports their efforts to coordinate local units of government to improve water resources. This agreement will result in continuation of a Rain Garden Assistance Program for the community funded jointly by the City and the WCWRC, which includes assisting landowners with installation of their own rain gardens, and a Master Rain Gardener Certification Program that trains and supports individuals in designing and installing rain gardens. Exhibit A to the Agreement lists the Program components and their associated costs.

A community rain garden program satisfies a need for both the City and the WCWRC to engage in public involvement, public participation, public education and post-construction stormwater best management practices under the NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) stormwater permitting program. In 2011, the WCWRC proposed a Rain Garden Program Partnership with the City to assist both agencies in addressing water quality goals within the Huron River Watershed, including all creeksheds within the City. Since 2011, the City has continuously supported the Rain Garden Program Partnership.

Rain gardens installed upstream in the headwaters of a watershed are a very effective "best management practice" for stormwater management as they capture runoff from privately-owned impervious surfaces such as roofs and driveways and infiltrate it into the ground and vegetation rather than having it all drain into th...

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