Stamberger Outreach staff have prepared successful grant applications, managed grant-funded projects, and written interim and final reports to funding agencies. Grants have funded stream restoration projects, public demonstration gardens, and education and outreach programs.
Successful grant efforts have included:
2010-2012 East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Partners in Conservation Grant for City of Gresham Watershed Division Sustainable Stormwater Solutions Project
Awarded $69,155 to expand the technical assistance home visit program, install additional public demonstration rain gardens, canvass targeted neighborhoods to offer program services, and implement residential stormwater management incentive and education programs
Final project results:
- 161 at-home technical assistance visits providing start-up materials and technical advice to help residents reduce impacts on local water quality through property maintenance actions.
- Provided 1247 native plants, 97 compost bins, and 124 backyard habitat structures, and participants pledged to begin or continue 1029 watershed friendly behaviors on their property
- Post-visit survey results show that 49% of participants reduced or eliminated their pesticide or fertilizer use since receiving their home visit.
- 18 new rain gardens installed, three City-installed public demonstration projects at schools and churches, and 15 residential (4 raffled off and 11 installed by homeowners for $200 rain garden grants)
- Disconnected downspouts at 62 homes
- Reduced effective impervious area by 63,000 square feet, diverting and soaking in an estimated 1.75 million gallons of stormwater runoff that would otherwise pollute and erode local streams
- Provided 109 native trees to homeowners to increase urban canopy and overall stormwater absorption in the city
- Held 57 community events to advertise program services and educate the public, reaching an estimated 1300 residents
2008-2010 Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Grant for the City of Gresham Watershed Division Riparian Enhancement Program
Awarded $57,375 to expand existing streamside property owner program (SPOP) to increase private land stewardship by citizens and help reduce lawn care impacts on water quality, and to restore seven riparian (stream-side) acres creating contiguous healthy corridors between private property and public land
2008-2010 Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 319 Grant for the City of Gresham Watershed Division Non-Point Source Reduction Program
Awarded $58,315 to leverage Metro Nature in Neighborhoods funds to increase streamside area restored by 6.4 acres and increase the number of streamside property owners receiving technical education and assistance to improve stream health. Also funded installation of eight demonstration rain gardens and associated outreach and education programs to encourage residents to build their own at home.
The combined results of these two projects include:
- 19,518 native plants installed on 13.4 acres of stream-side area along four local creeks with the help of 242 volunteers
- 50 at-home watershed education visits with streamside property owners along the four creeks
- Provided start up materials to encourage streamside property owners to engage in watershed friendly activities on their properties, including: 28 compost bins, 182 native plants, 23 bat houses, 2 bee nesting blocks, and 11 bird houses, 33 packages of native wildflower seeds, 50 coupons to local garden centers for native plants and organic products, 477 educational materials about watershed health, and, 43 signed healthy watershed pledge forms
- Healthy Watershed Pledge forms resulted in pledges by streamside property owners to start or continue practicing 372 activities that benefit water quality
- Installation of five residential and four larger public demonstration rain gardens at schools and churches, reducing effective impervious surface (roof tops and driveways) by more than 14,000 square feet, and keeping more than 394,000 gallons of stormwater runoff out of local creeks each year
- Implementation of a stormwater management pilot program including rain garden workshops, a rain garden raffle, rain garden installation block party, downspout disconnection pilot program (50 homes participating), print and online rain garden building manual, example native planting plans and self-guided tour map of demonstration rain gardens, and a rain garden small grants program for homeowners, offering $100 grants for homeowners who built their own
- Three neighborhood information block parties to showcase restoration projects and encourage participation