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Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge Nonprofit Relief Program

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DOEE is implementing a program to provide relief to eligible nonprofit organizations facing financial hardship with the payment of their Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC). Participants can receive credits of up to 90% of the CRIAC portion of their water bill.

To qualify, your organization must meet all three criteria:

  1. Be a registered nonprofit in the District of Columbia with a real property tax exemption as a charitable organization, religious house of worship, or cemetery (as determined by the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue). Eligible Real Property tax exemption types are E-3, charitable organizations; E-1, houses of worship; and E-7, cemeteries.
  2. Demonstrate financial hardship in paying the CRIAC. Organizations must demonstrate that their annual CRIAC is 1% or greater than their annual revenue, after expenses. Applicants must submit their IRS form 990 or information consistent with the filing requirements of an IRS form 990, as applicable.
  3. Complete a stormwater mitigation project to help diminish the harmful effects of stormwater runoff by installing green infrastructure on their property or elsewhere in the District.

To meet the mitigation requirements on their property, applicants must:

  1. Plant one tree per ERU (1,000 square feet of impervious surface), or
  2. Manage the stormwater runoff from 10% of the impervious area on the property through the installation of green infrastructure.

To meet the mitigation requirement elsewhere in the District, applicants must:

  1. Choose to have a portion of their approved relief withheld (equal to the market value of 10 Stormwater Retention Credits (SRCs) per ERU) to fund green infrastructure installation elsewhere in the District, or
  2. Purchase and retire 10 SRCs per ERU.

The following pages provide additional information on programs that can help with installing eligible green infrastructure on your property:

For more information, please contact [email protected] or (202) 741-0861.

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