The city of La Vista is taking steps to improve the Thompson Creek Watershed.
Applications are being accepted now through March 7th to take part in a rain barrel cost share program. The program will allow businesses and homeowners to use rain barrels to collect rainwater at a reduced cost.
The idea is to prevent water from flowing over land on surfaces like streets, parking lots and sidewalks. In many cases the prevention of water flowing over surfaces can reduce pollution and erosion.
The city of La Vista recently acquired 24 homes near the Thompson Creek and hope to restore a large section of the Thompson Creek channel. Problems have existed for years due to the urbanization of the surrounding area.
The rain barrel program will allow people to obtain a rain barrel with the city providing a 50 percent match, up to $60, on qualifying barrels.
According to the city, there will be a priority focused on people within the Thompson Creek Watershed near the area between 72nd and 84th streets.
Applications are available on the city's website, and need to be filled out by March 7. You can also obtain a printed copy by visiting the La Vista city hall.