The city of Soldotna received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to install two rain gardens within the next three years. The Soldotna City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday to accept the $25,000 grant, and to contribute $10,000 in-kind to the project to cover personnel costs and to administer the program over the next three years.
"Rain gardens are essentially a landscaped area where stormwater run-off is directed to treat stormwater on-site," Soldotna City Planner Stephanie Queen told the council. "The rain filters back into the ground. It's an environmentally sensitive way to treat stormwater run off created by parking lots and other impervious surfaces."
Queen wrote in her memorandum to the City Manager that rain gardens will help reduce the demand on the city's stormwater collection and treatment infrastructure.
Queen also included that part of the grant will go towards educating community members who would want to install a rain garden of their own.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance for the Soldotna Police Department to receive $4,812 to go towards seatbelt and DUI enforcement. The council also approved an ordinance to sponsor the Wounded Warriors Progam's Christmas event at the Soldotna Sports Center in December.
The next Soldotna City Council meeting will be Oct. 12.
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