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Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Tree Planting:

Trees have many benefits including aesthetic appeal, temperature control, increased property value, habitat for wildlife, and cleaner air. Trees also help reduce non-point source pollution to waterways. Tree foliage collects rainwater, while the roots filter and soak it up helping to restore ground water. By increasing the urban tree canopy, or amount of foliage surface area, District residents can help to prevent the pollution that is caused when precipitation, along with whatever is in its path, washes into storm drains.

Nature Landscaping: What is BayScaping?

BayScaping is landscaping that is planted and maintained to benefit people, the local environment, and the Chesapeake Bay. BayScaping uses native plants to:

  • Provide habitat for local and migratory animals.
  • Improve water quality.
  • Reduce the need for chemical pesticides and herbicides

Installing BayScapes on properties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed helps improve local streams and waterways, the Bay's waters and the habitat the area provides. It is also valuable for the gardener or landowner because it:

  • Offers greater visual interest than lawn.
  • Reduces the time and expense of mowing, watering, fertilizing and treating lawn and garden areas.
  • Can address areas with problems such as erosion, poor soils, steep slopes or poor drainage.

Clean Marina:

The Clean Marinas program is a partnership among the District Department of the Environment/Watershed Protection Division, the National Park Service/National Capital Region (NPS), and marinas in the District. It is a voluntary program through which marina operations become more environmentally responsible and marina managers educate the boating public on environmentally responsible boating practices. The program encourages marina, boatyard, and boat club operators, as well as the boating public to take extra steps to reduce pollution and protect and improve environmental quality. Because marinas abut and are actually in the District's waters, almost everything that takes place there has the potential to affect water quality. Actions by individual boaters, through maintenance, operation, and storage of recreational vessels, can affect air and water quality. Marinas have the potential to reduce pollution to the District's environment by adopting practices that reduce the amount of waste produced as well as the way waste is handled.

Scoop your Pet's Poop:

Believe it or not, there are pooper-scooper laws across the United States including the District of Columbia. The law states that no person owning, keeping or having custody of a dog in the District, except a seeing eye dog, shall allow or permit dog waste to remain in any public place. DDOE wants the public to understand why it is so important to scoop your pet's poop:

  • Properly disposing of pet waste helps to keep park grounds and sidewalks clean.
  • Pet waste transmits disease.
  • Pet waste is bad for the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and the city's smaller neighborhood streams. Rain carries waste into storm drains and nearby streams, contaminating the water with harmful bacteria which make the water unhealthy to touch.
  • Pet waste adds unwanted nutrients to local waterways causing algae blooms and poor water quality.

For more information on scooping your pet's poop and laws, please contact Maria Hille (DOH); (202) 535-1352.