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Property owners in two Mecklenburg County watersheds can get reimbursed for helping to fight water pollution.
November 1, 2006

Charlotte, NC – Property owners in two Mecklenburg County watersheds can get reimbursed for using techniques to help conserve natural areas and prevent water pollution.

Property owners in two Mecklenburg County watersheds can get reimbursed for using techniques to help conserve natural areas and prevent water pollution.

Property owners in the Briar Creek and Irwin Creek watersheds can get reimbursed 75 percent of the cost of implementing the techniques, up to $3,000. It's called the Urban Cost Share Program, offered through the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District.

Those practices include:

· Compost Bins: A bin designed to hold yard waste while it transforms into a soil enrichment product.
· 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.
· 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.
· Invasive Plant Removal: The process of eradicating exotic, invasive plants that are affecting the watershed.
· Nutrient Management: Managing the amount, source, placement, form and timing of the application of nutrients and soil amendments.
· Pet Waste Receptacles: Receptacles and supplies to better manage pet waste, usually in public areas.
· Rain Barrel: A specialized container that catches and stores rainwater from downspouts.
· Cistern: Above or below-ground storage tanks for rainwater harvesting systems used to store collected rainwater.
· Rain 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.

The Briar Creek and Irwin Creek watersheds cover thousands of acres in our urban community. Both watersheds are highly polluted due to non-point source pollution. Homeowners, businesses, schools, and public lands are encouraged to apply to the Urban Cost Share Program. To find out if your property is located in the Briar Creek or Irwin Watershed or to fill out an application, visit the Web site www.mecklenburgconservation.com and click "Urban" under Cost Share Programs. To attend a brief presentation about the Urban Cost Share Program, contact Katie Mann at 704-336-2455 or Katie.Mann@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov .

The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District is a local organization working with residents, agencies, and business owners to plan and direct programs for the conservation and development of natural resources.




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