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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, August 22, 2017 – The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) received $3.2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund and awarded it to four new green construction projects that will clean and green the streets and streams of the District.
Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy and Environment commented that “…we are pleased to continue our partnership with EPA through the Clean Water Construction grant program. In 2017, the District will allocate $3.2 million in EPA funding along with $2.6 million in local matching funds to design and install innovative stormwater management practices in public space, retrofit municipal facilities to ensure that polluted stormwater runoff is captured and treated, and repair damaged stormwater outfalls.”
The 2017 Clean Water Construction grantees and projects are:
- District Department of Transportation – Oregon Avenue Watershed Green Streets
$1,215,189 of EPA Clean Water Construction Funds, and $994,246 of DOEE funds will be used to transform Oregon Avenue NW to a “green” street that captures stormwater runoff from the roadway in stormwater best management practices (BMPs), protecting Rock Creek from oil, grease, and heavy metal pollution, and from erosive stormwater flows.
- Department of Public Works – Trash Transfer Station Improvement Projects
$1,174,250 of EPA Clean Water Construction Funds and $960,750 of DPW funds will redesign trash transfer stations in an effort to keep pollution out of the Anacostia River. Stormwater that runs off of the trash at Fort Totten and Benning Road Trash Transfer Stations will be directed away from storm drains and into water quality treatment facilities and stormwater retention best management practices.
- Golden Triangle BID – 19th Street Green Street
$49,500 of EPA Clean Water Construction Funds and $40,500 of Golden Triangle BID funds will be used to produce permitted designs for a Green Streets project to capture polluted stormwater runoff from four blocks of 19th Street NW and hold it in bioretention cells. When constructed, this project will cool and beautify city streets and will contribute to the District’s effort to stop combine sewer overflows.
- Department of Energy and Environment – District Stormwater Outfall Restoration Project
$770,000.25 EPA Clean Water Construction Funds and $629,999.75 DOEE funds. This project will repair stormwater outfalls that have been damaged by high stormwater flows, and will restore stream banks and beds, stopping further stream bank erosion.
Each year DOEE’s Clean Water Construction Program requests project applications for stormwater green infrastructure, pollution prevention, and stream and wetland habitat restoration. Contact DOEE to learn more about these and other funded projects; project and applicant eligibility; and to sign up for email updates on funding opportunities.