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City of Northfield, MN
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-8833

Rain Garden / Rain Barrels
In 2012 the City of Northfield started providing incentives for city property owners to enhance stormwater collection and infiltration. The Rain Barrel and Rain Garden incentive programs are reimbursement programs rather than grants. Once the appropriate application and documentation is submitted to the city and approved, and the installation of the rain barrel or rain garden is verified, the city will issue a credit on the applicant’s utility bill. All holders of utility accounts in the city are eligible to apply for the stormwater incentive programs.

Rain Barrel Incentive Program
Rain barrels are an easy way for residents and businesses to conserve water and reduce the amount of water leaving their property. Rain barrels collect water from roof downspouts and allow it to be reused to water gardens. Rainwater is also better for plants than tap water.

The Rain Barrel Rebate program encourages property owners to capture and reuse stormwater runoff by installing rain barrels. Property owners who buy and install a rain barrel after Feb. 15, 2012 can receive a $20 credit on their utility bill after sending in a completed rebate form along with a receipt of purchase and a staff visit to verify installation.
¦Brochure (PDF)
¦Rebate Form (PDF)
Rain Garden Incentive Program
The purpose of Northfield’s Rain Garden Cost Share program is to reduce stormwater pollution and localized flooding by encouraging Northfield property owners to install rain gardens. Through this program, participants receive a 50% reimbursement on the cost of rain garden materials and equipment rental up to a $250 maximum reimbursement. To apply, please fill out and return the application form linked below.

Properly designed, constructed, and maintained rain gardens have many benefits. Rain gardens are made by routing stormwater from a roof downspout, driveway, or sidewalk into a shallow depression that is planted with native plants. Rain gardens allow stormwater to infiltrate into the soil rather than running off into the street where it is rapidly channeled to the Cannon River through the city’s storm sewer system.

Infiltrating rainwater close to where it falls helps improve and protect the quality of lakes, rivers, and groundwater and reduces the load on the storm sewer system. Rain gardens provide many additional benefits such as adding beauty and value to each home and providing wildlife habitat to attract beneficial birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.
¦Brochure (PDF)
¦Application Form (PDF)
¦Factors to consider when considering a rain garden (PDF)
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