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Construction Begins on Carter Barron Stormwater Retrofit Project

Monday, June 18, 2018

CONTACT: Mike Matthews, Public Affairs Specialist, (202) 536-7666 desk, [email protected]

WASHINGTON, DC, June 18, 2018 — The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is pleased to announce the start of construction for the Carter Barron Stormwater Retrofit Project. The purpose of the project is to retrofit the 11-acre parking lot with green infrastructure to reduce pollution to Rock Creek, restore natural hydrology, prevent erosion, and protect habitat.

The Carter Barron Tennis Center and Amphitheater is located in northwest Washington, D.C., adjacent to the 16th Street Heights neighborhood. The site sits at the headwaters of the Blagden Run watershed, a subwatershed of Rock Creek. The Carter Barron parking lot was targeted for retrofits because it is a large impervious area with no stormwater controls, as it was developed prior to the promulgation of the District's stormwater regulations.

"We are happy to partner with the National Park Service on this project. By retrofitting to manage stormwater onsite, we are meeting our mutual goals of restoring headwater streams, protecting habitat in the District, and educating the public,” said DOEE Director Tommy Wells.

The Watershed Protection Division’s Restoration Branch works to conserve the soil and water resources of the District of Columbia and to protect its watersheds from pollution through education and outreach, stream and habitat restoration, innovative stormwater management, and watershed planning. To find out more about the District’s stormwater management program and environmental restoration projects visit the Watershed Protection Planning and Restoration Branch.

Construction for the project will occur from June 11 to October 31, 2018 and will not take place during the Citi Open tennis tournament. The Carter Barron Tennis Center and Amphitheater parking lot will remain open at all times during construction. For more information, visit Carter Barron Stormwater Retrofit project.

Questions or comments about the Carter Barron Stormwater Retrofit project can be directed to Cecilia Lane at [email protected] or 202-535-1961.