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The Urban Cost Share Program is an incentive-based program to help land users address existing erosion and other non-point source water pollution issues in approved watersheds.  The program offers financial and technical assistance to reduce runoff, stop erosion and filter non-point source water pollution.  Approved applicants are eligible to receive 75% of allowable costs, up to $7,500, associated with installing approved Best Management Practices at their location.


Urban Cost Share Availability:
Currently, the Urban Cost Share Program is open to citizens throughout the City of Charlotte and in unincorporated Mecklenburg County.

Urban Cost Share Program Information:
Interested parties should complete an interest form as a first step in being considered for assistance.  District staff will review forms and property maps and schedule a site assessment and assist with application to the program when appropriate.  

Urban Cost Share Interest Form

All applications to the program are ranked for their benefit to water quality.  Qualified applications are funded in order of rank as funds allow.  Approved applicants will receive a BMP design and installation guidance.  Applicants may begin implementation of practices upon notice of board approval.  Funds expended prior to board approval are not eligible for reimbursement.  Per contract terms, participants are responsible for maintaining practices for a minimum of five years.  Additional restrictions may apply.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District at 704-336-2455 or

Best Management Practices Offered:

Critical Area Planting: Establishing permanent vegetation on sites that have steep slopes with high erosion rates, and on sites that have physical, chemical, or biological conditions that prevent the establishment of vegetation with normal practices. 

Streambank Stabilization:  Vegetative stabilization (planting) and/or grading of erosive streambanks and shorelines to stabilize erosion and reduce soil loss.

Grassed Waterway (Swale):  A natural or constructed channel that is shaped or graded to required dimensions and established in suitable vegetation for the stable conveyance of runoff.  

Pet Waste Receptacles:  Receptacles and supplies to better manage pet waste, usually in public areas.

Garden:  A landscaped area that collects storm water runoff.

Riparian Buffers:
  An area dominated by trees and/or shrubs located adjacent to and up-gradient from water courses or water bodies.

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