at least in parts of Los Angeles .. it sounds like an interesting proposition
from their "about"
The LA Rain Gardens program is a great way to help your community by improving the local environment, while at the same time making your home more beautiful. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, TreePeople, and Generation Water, the purpose of the program is to install rain gardens in Los Angeles. This program will begin in the Northeast San Fernando Valley because this is where soils are best for water infiltration. This program is provided at no cost to homeowners.
Rain gardens are low water use, benefit the local environment by using only California-friendly plants, prevent polluted water from draining to the oceans, and recharge local groundwater. Click here to read more about rain gardens and their benefits.
The LA Rain Gardens program is offering two choices for the homeowner: a Do It Yourself option, (DIY) as well as the option of having the rain garden installed by a team of Generation Water employees. (Let us Do It!) Both options cost the same for the homeowner: nothing. For the Do It Yourselfers, the homeowner will be required to purchase all necessary materials, but will be reimbursed up to $500 per rain garden (maximum of two rain gardens per household) by the LADWP upon completion of the rain garden. For those who choose to have the rain garden installed, the Generation Water team will take care of all aspects of the installation, free of charge.