Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District is NOW accepting applications from homeowners and business owners in the Fairbanks North Star Borough to be reimbursed up to $500 (for homeowners) or $1,000 (for businesses) matching costs for constructing a green infrastructure project on their property. Submit your application by June 30,2015. Successful applicants will be notified on or before July 10, 2015.
Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrologies. Green infrastructure practices include rain gardens, porous pavements, green roofs, infiltration planters, trees and tree boxes, and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.
FSWCD worked in cooperation with other agencies to update and revise theGreen Infrastructure Resource Guide for Fairbanks, Alaska in 2015. For more green infrastructure guides please visit our green infrastructure page!
Chena Slough Restoration
The efforts to improve Chena Slough are cooperative projects of several organizations and agencies, including Fairbanks SWCD, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survery, State of Alaska, City of North Pole, US Environmental Protection Agency, neighborhood groups and other local clubs, organizations and individuals.
Recent efforts include upgrading Persinger crossing and removal of the invasive aquatic Elodea.
Persinger crossing was upgraded to improve fish passage for the Chena Slough. This project was completed with funding from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and State of Alaska Legislative funding. Additional partners included the Chena Slough Technical and Neighborhood Committees. FSWCD has helped replace 8 culverts on Chena Slough and the long-term goal is to replace 3 more. Culvert replacement is just one of the many ways in which FSWCD is working to restore the waterways in our district.