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The RiverSmart Homes program offers incentives to District of Columbia homeowners interested in reducing stormwater pollution from their properties.
Stormwater Pollution in the District
Stormwater is simply rainwater that, rather than remaining on the land where it falls, flows off of the site. Rainwater becomes stormwater when it falls on impervious surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, roads, sidewalks and even lawns. As stormwater moves from our yards to our streams it picks up pollutants such as oil and grease from our roadways and driveways, nutrients from fertilizers on our lawns, and bacteria from pet waste and other animal excrement. Once in the stream, the fast-moving surges of water associated with storms cause erosion and destroy habitat for fish and other wildlife. Thankfully, new development and large renovations of properties in the District are now required to install items that reduce stormwater pollution.
If your home was built before the 1980s (and chances are it was!), you probably do not have any stormwater controls installed on your property. RiverSmart Homes can help you take steps to reduce stormwater pollution and beautify your yard.
Learn more about RiverSmart Homes:
- Program Overview
Becoming a RiverSmart Homeowner
- Application Form
- Application Form for Spring Valley Residents
- Hickey Run Neighborhood Challenge Flyer (pdf)
- Shade Tree Planting
- Rain Gardens
- Pervious Pavers
- Rain Barrels
RiverSmart Homes Educational Videos: