Rain Gardens

Our Cost-Sharing Programs Protect Your Home and The River

We’ll share the cost to install a rain garden on your property to keep pollution out of the Elizabeth River. Together we’ll make the river cleaner and your yard beautiful. 

What A Rain Garden Will Do

Rain gardens use amended soil and native plants to slow, absorb and filter polluted runoff before it ever reaches the river.

  • Reduce pollution
  • Help prevent algae blooms
  • Prevents standing stormwater and mosquito breeding
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife

What We’ll Do

  • Free site assessment to determine if your site is suitable for a rain garden project 
  • Project Design – $100 cost applied to total cost share after installation
  • Provide 50% of total project costs up to $2,000

How to Apply

Application Period: October 1 – December 15, 2022.

Approval Process: Staff will review and respond to all applications no later than 30 days after the application period closes. 

Target Installation: Early spring 2023 through early fall 2023. 

My garden is looking great. I’m really happy with all the plants – the selection, the placement. Bravo! On to clean water.

Lynn Gilbert
River Star Home

Apply Now

Are you a River Star Home?(Required)
Do you live in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Norfolk or Virginia Beach?(Required)
Do you have an open lawn area away from trees and underground utilities you would be willing to convert into a rain garden?(Required)
Does your property frequently flood?(Required)

Thanks to our partners!

Our Rain Garden cost-sharing program is only made possible through funding generous support from our partners and the hundreds of Elizabeth River Project members and donors.

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant
  • Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant 
  • City of Norfolk
  • City of Chesapeake
  • City of Virginia Beach
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