RiverSmart Communities

The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), in collaboration with the Anacostia Watershed Society, is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 RiverSmart Communities Grant Program.

Eligible applicants will include 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and houses of worship. Qualifying projects include the installation of practices that will reduce pollution to local waterways, reduce their stormwater fees, and educate the public about water pollution. While prior RiverSmart Communities grant programs focused primarily on effective stormwater treatment, this year's program heavily emphasizes the community engagement and outreach activities that will accompany the installation of stormwater projects. The application deadline is June 19th, 2017 at 5pm.

In addition, there will be a Question and Answer public meeting on June 12, 2017 at DOEE’s office at 1200 First St. NE, Washington DC 20002 from 6:30-8:00pm.

For more information and to review this year's Request for Applications (RFA), please click here. If you would like more information about this year's grant program, please contact Matt Gallagher at mgallagher@anacostiaws.org.

Parking lot rain garden at McLean Gardens in NW DC
Parking lot rain garden at McLean Gardens in NW DC.

RiverSmart programs help to reduce stormwater runoff that harms the District’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. RiverSmart programs provide financial incentives to help District property owners install green infrastructure such as rain barrels, green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavement, shade trees, and more. These practices allow rainwater to stay on site and soak into the ground, where natural processes help remove pollutants.‚Äč AWS is here to help you learn more about how to install them, and how to qualify for the financial incentives.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) play an essential role in protecting, preserving and restoring our watershed. Rain gardens, BayScapes, permeable pavement and cisterns provide tremendous benefits for our communities, neighborhoods and individual property owners. Every municipality in the watershed is encouraging BMPs and AWS is here to help you learn more and get them installed.

RiverSmart Benefits

  • Improved stormwater management for properties – through retention, purification and re-use
  • Reductions to the heat island effect
  • Increased health – for people, plants and wildlife
  • Additional greenspaces for some applications
  • Potential energy conservation and noise reduction
  • Reduced demand on the municipal sewer systems and potential reductions in fees
  • Reductions in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions


Permeable pavement parking lot at Harvard Mews Condos - Harvard St NW, Washington, DC

RiverSmart Guides

Completed Projects

If you have questions please contact us by calling 301-699-6204 ext.106 or via e-mail at rs.communities@dc.gov.

Montgomery County

Property owners in Montgomery County can receive technical assistance and funding for BMPs through the Rainscapes Program. AWS is also available to help. Learn More.

Prince George’s County

Prince George's County Council unanimously passed bill (CB-45-13 pdf) that established a Clean Water Act Fee in 2013 to fund projects that reduce polluted water run-off. ‚Ä®Stormwater is one of the county's biggest challenges as it causes flooding, property damage and polluted streams. For more information about support for BMPs through their RainCheck Program, click here

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