Rain to Roots is a collaborative effort between Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) to bring storm water education and green infrastructure practices to three neighborhoods within the City of Grand Rapids (Alger Heights, Oakdale, and Roosevelt Park).
Rain to Roots is a pilot project that aims to help protect the Lower Grand River Watershed, and its tributary watershed, such as Plaster Creek. The selected neighborhoods will be presented with the opportunity to learn what they can do as homeowners to help protect Plaster Creek from storm water pollutants, as well as have access to incentivizes for the implementation of trees, rain barrels, and rain gardens.
Currently, FGRP and WMEAC are offering training on implementing these “green infrastructure” practices and techniques to all who are interested. As an added perk for those who participate in the trainings and become “Neighborhood Captains”, free green infrastructure practices will be provided for their properties. Neighborhood Captains that sign up 5 of their neighbors for a property assessment will receive either a free tree, rain barrel, or rain garden. Anyone who signs up 10 or more of their neighbors will receive all three green infrastructure practices for free for their property as a “thank you” for helping to promote this community-led project.