Alger Park is located in Southeast Washington, DC and lies to the north and east of Hillcrest Drive. The park is home to a 1300 foot stretch of stream making up one of the two headwater streams of the Texas Avenue tributary of the Anacostia River. The District estimates that roughly nine acres (41%) of the watershed is impervious, most of which is single family homes and roadways. The soils in the park are subject to high rates of erosion.
The velocity and quantity of stormwater runoff from the surrounding area contributes significantly to the stream’s severe erosion. RiverSmart Homes installations on private property will help to slow, retain, and treat stormwater before it reaches Alger Park.
To encourage homeowners to install these practices on their properties, beginning June 1, 2015, DOEE will be offering increased funding for residents within the Hillcrest neighborhood boundaries. The incentives run through June 30, 2016.
Hillcrest incentives include:
- Up to $2,400 for conservation landscaping features (rain gardens, BayScaping, impervious surface removal)
- Up-front rebates for up to two additional rain barrels, which can be installed by District Garden.
In addition to providing increased technical and financial assistance, DOEE is encouraging Hillcrest residents to become neighborhood clean water leaders. Hillcrest residents are encouraged to enroll in programs such as Anacostia Watershed Society’s Watershed Stewards Academy.
Please check back for progress updates and announcements regarding community events and activities.
If you have questions about the Hillcrest targeted watershed activity, please contact Erin Fenton at [email protected] or at 202-299-3340 or at 202-695-5588