RiverSmart Communities Program
Apply for the 2021 RiverSmart Communities grant today! Deadline extended to Jan 15, 2021.
Do you have questions before you apply?
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. AWS is here to help you learn more about how to install them, and how to qualify for the financial incentives.
What benefits will you receive from your RiverSmart participation?
- It won’t break your budget - no capital expenditure is required.
- You’ll be eligible for the Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) Nonprofit Relief Program.
- You get a beautiful new garden or stormwater feature ready by Fall of 2021.
- You do your part for clean water, and set an example of clean river practices for your surrounding community.
- Your community will be energized with a positive, hopeful project that connects them with one another in challenging times.
- You don’t have to do it alone! The Anacostia Watershed Society will help you from project start to completion.
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 for the Anacostia River
- 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
- DOEE’s Stormwater Management Guidebook provides technical guidance and defines stormwater requirements
- Resources for Design Guidance and Stormwater Calculations (PDF download)
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 that established a Clean Water Act Fee in 2013 to fund projects that reduce polluted water run-off. 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.