Granite City Receives Sustainability Grant

19th and State streets, the planned location for downtown's first rain garden.
19th and State streets, the planned location for downtown’s first rain garden.

In May, the City of Granite City received word that it would be the beneficiary of a $15,000 grant to install a large rain garden and native plant installation at 19th and State streets downtown. The grant was awarded by the Madison County Planning & Development Department’s Sustainability Grant Program which is intended “to serve the community by providing support as well as promoting best management practices and case studies of sustainability within Madison County.” The grant program is funded by local landfill tipping fees.

Pilot Plot Makes the Cut!

Conceptual rendering of the planned raingarden.
Conceptual rendering of the planned rain garden.

The project being funded with the grant is Pilot Plot.  As Granite City’s sustainable landscape case study, Pilot Plot will demonstrate the use of rain gardens and native plant installations to limit stormwater runoff, create pollinator habitat, and beautify underutilized lots. The project is a collaboration with the Granite City Art and Design District’s New American Gardening project which is exploring native plant propagation and rainscaping as an integral part of renovating the 1800 block of State Street. If you or your organization is interested in participating with the project please contact James Amos, the Granite City Economic Development Director, at jamos@granitecity.illinois.gov.

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