Here are some current pictures of our City’s first Rain Garden located at the corner of 19th Street and Avenue B. Thank you to Connie McDonnough and Breann Hort for your help with maintenance!
The City of Scottsbluff has been selected by the Nebraska Forest Service as a member community in the Greener Nebraska Towns (GNT) Program. This program is designed to improvethe long-term sustainability of member communities. Scottsbluff will be receiving a total of $55,000 in grant funding, $30,000 of which will be allocated to tree planting, and $25,000 of which is to be spent on waterwise landscaping and stormwater management. We will be implementing demonstration projects that incorporate sustainable landscaping, tree planting, and stormwater best management practices, such as rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement. We will also be working with residents to plant trees and improve irrigation efficiency. Stay tuned to hear more about everything that we will be undertaking as part of this initiative!
Note: This post describes the rain garden demonstration project which was installed in Scottsbluff in July 2010 with the help of the UNL Extension Stormwater Team. The garden is located on the corner of 19th Street and Avenue B.
Step 1 Choosing the Site
Rain gardens are designed to catch runoff from roofs, driveways, streets, sidewalks, or other areas of the lawn. This was an excellent site for a rain garden because of the downspout that drains into the area. Minimum work was needed to channel the runoff into the rain garden. Continue reading How to Install a Rain Garden
We have made several commercials that have aired on television to promote and educate people about keeping our waters clean. Here are a few of them:
Neighborhood Pollution Commercial
Scottsbluff held a Water Education for Tomorrow (WET) Festival in October 2010. They had 290 Fifth graders over two days. The group showed the Enviroscape presentation, played Stormwater Jeopardy, learned how to clean up oil spills, and built rain barrels. Here are a few photos from the festival.