The City of Johnston has been awarded $125,000 to implement a citywide soil quality restoration (SQR) program. SQR is the process of decompaction of your yard via deep aeration and adding new organic matter into your yard via compost. Benefits of this practice include increased stormwater infiltration, which improves water quality and soil in our region. These improvements help support grass growth, reduce the need for fertilizers to support lawns, and less irrigation to keep lawns healthy.
Property owners within Johnston are eligible to have 50% of the project cost, up to $1,500 maximum, covered by these grant funds. The program is anticipated to benefit property owners with a 10% to 15% cost reduction.
Residents may also contact Clayton Ender, City Planner, at 515-727-7763 to receive a cost estimate or learn more about this program.
For additional information about Soil Quality Restoration, please visit iowastormwater.org/campaigns/rainscaping/soil-quality-restoration.