District homeowners who install landscaping projects that reduce and/or treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces on their property are eligible for a rebate.
There are three types of projects, each designed to capture and filter stormwater. When determining which is most suitable for your home, it is helpful to consider the characteristics of your property and how to plan to use the space. Rebate amounts are determined by project type and are issued as a direct reimbursement to homeowners once the project is completed, inspected, and approved.
Rain garden: a garden designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater from the property, preventing it from running into the city sewer system.
Replacement of impervious surface with vegetation: impervious surface is removed and ground is tilled and planted with vegetation. Native plants are strongly recommended. Garden, sod, grass seed/straw are also allowed.
Replacement of impervious surface with permeable pavers: impervious surface is removed and replaced with permeable bricks, often a patio or parking area, designed to capture and filter stormwater on property.
How It Works
The 2016 Landscaping Rebate Program is administered by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (the Alliance) on behalf of DOEE. Funding is limited so rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Property owners who have already received a RiverSmart Homes grant are eligible for rebate funding.
Gardens designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater from the property are eligible for a rebate of $3/sq. ft. of treatment area.
- A minimum of 50 square feet of rain garden (project area) must be installed
- A minimum of 350 square feet of stormwater needs to be redirected from the roof through a downspout or from other runoff sources to the project area.
Impervious Surface Removal
Impervious surfaces removed and replaced with vegetation are eligible for a $5 per sq. ft. rebate.
Existing soil must be tilled and mixed so that it is no longer compacted, as well as vegetated (garden, sod, seed/straw). Stormwater received from a downspout or rain barrel/cistern overflow is preferred, but not required. Homeowners may perform work themselves or hire a contractor.
- A minimum of 200 square feet of impervious surface must be removed and replaced with vegetation (garden, sod, seed/straw).
Impervious surfaces removed and replaced with permeable pavers are eligible for a $10/sq. ft. rebate.
- A minimum of 100 square feet of impervious surface must be removed and replaced with pervious pavers;
- Pervious paver area must receive stormwater from a downspout or rain barrel/cistern overflow; and
- Installation must be completed by a contractor with the PICP certificate of completion.
Before Construction Begins
- Determine project type (rain garden, permeable pavers, and/or impervious surface removal) and location.
- Review the 2016 Landscaping Rebate Program Homeowner Guide and Rebate Application Packet.
- Perform a percolation test. The Perc Test Worksheet is part of the Rebate Application Packet.
- Select a contractor or determine the equipment you will need if you will be performing the work yourself.
- Submit the Rebate Application Packet, including a site design, estimated invoice, Perc Test Worksheet, Rebate Maintenance Agreement, and pre-construction photos to Sarah Davidson at the Alliance via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail to: 501 Sixth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403.
- Schedule a pre-construction inspection with DOEE or the Alliance. Construction may begin after approval is granted after the pre-construction inspection. The project must be completed within four months of the notification that pre-construction approval has been granted.
- Notify Sarah Davidson (email@example.com) at the Alliance that construction is complete.
- Submit post-construction photos of project site, final invoice, and a Project Completion Form if any changes to the original design occurred.
- Schedule a post-construction inspection with DOEE or the Alliance.
- Expect to receive a rebate reimbursement check in the mail four to six weeks after post-construction approval.
Homeowner Rebate Packet
Landscaping Rebate Homeowner Guide and Application Packet attached below.