To find out if you are eligible for this program please visit the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) website.
The Long Island Garden Rewards Program will open on March 1, 2024.
The Problem with Nitrogen
Nitrogen is the leading cause of water quality deterioration on Long Island. Excess nitrogen can cause toxic algal blooms that lead to low oxygen conditions, fish kills, degraded wetlands, and marine habitats. Nitrogen also contaminates the groundwater which is the sole source of Long Island’s drinking water.
You can help make a difference!
Rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plant gardens all work to reduce the amount of rainwater flowing across your yard, which will reduce the amount of nitrogen going to the water. Capturing water and keeping it on your lawn with rain barrels and rain gardens, or by slowing down water runoff with native plant gardens, can all help you conserve water!
Learn more about the impacts of nitrogen on the waters of Long Island.
About the Garden Rewards Program
This program offers reimbursement of up to $500 total for making your yard more water friendly! See below for details about eligible projects.
Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) and Additional Resources
- Check out the Peconic Estuary Partnership’s Interactive Yard Tool to learn more about how to build a better yard!
- Learn about plants that are invasive to Long Island: Nuisance & Invasive Species – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.
- Learn about nitrogen in fertilizer with the LINAP Fertilizer Recommendations.
- Commit to nitrogen reductions by taking the LINAP Nitrogen Pledge.
- Sign up for the LINAP newsletter to stay informed on the latest LINAP initiatives and nitrogen reduction efforts across Long Island, visit their webpage or click here to subscribe.
Claim Your Reimbursement
Long Island Garden Rewards Reimbursement
Reimbursement form for the Long Island Garden Rewards Program