Lake Erie
Stormwater Stewards

Rebate Program

Help Keep Lake Erie Clean!


In partnership with the Central Lake Erie Basin Collaborative (CLEB), the Lake Erie Stormwater Stewards Rebate Program offers rebates to participating homeowners in Northeast Ohio. Homeowners become Stormwater Stewards by installing rain barrels or rain gardens that meet all program criteria to help manage stormwater runoff from impermeable surfaces on their properties. Any single-family homeowner located in select Northeast Ohio counties* who reside within the Lake Erie watershed is eligible to apply for these rebates. Rebates are awarded on a first come, first served basis after confirmation of completed installation and a final rebate application is received. You must complete pre-approval materials prior to installation. Completion of pre-approval materials does not guarantee a rebate. Only newly installed rain barrels or rain gardens are eligible for rebates. Funding is limited.


To begin the rebate process, please fill out the Program Application form below.

We are not currently accepting applications. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please fill out the form below.


Reducing Stormwater Runoff


Stormwater runoff that drains from our homes, lawns, roads, ditches, and parking lots goes directly from storm drains into our streams, like Euclid Creek and Nine Mile, and eventually to Lake Erie untreated. Stormwater can carry with it dirt and pollution like litter, debris, and oils. Rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, and other hard surfaces are impermeable, meaning that they don’t allow this water to soak through. Excess stormwater from impermeable surfaces not only carries harmful pollutants but can also lead to localized flooding issues and overwhelm stormwater sewer systems. You can help manage stormwater on your property by installing a rain barrel or rain garden. Rain barrels and rain garden both work to capture water from impermeable surfaces, reducing the amount of runoff that ends up in our streams and Lake Erie.

A rain barrel is connected to a downspout where it collects stormwater runoff from a roof. The barrel stores the water for later use. You can use stormwater collected from a rain barrel to water your landscaping and non-edible plants. A standard rain barrel can hold 50 gallons of stormwater.

A rain garden is a shallow, saucer-shaped garden that works with nature to collect and filter stormwater that runs off impermeable surfaces. They are filled with amended soil and native, wet-tolerant plant species whose roots work with the soil to slow down and filter stormwater runoff. Rain gardens can also help address localized flooding issues, create important habitat for native pollinating wildlife, and make a beautiful addition to your landscaping.