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Mayor Bowser Announces $2.75 Million in Available Funding for RiverSmart Homes Program

Friday, September 7, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2018— As DOEE’s RiverSmart Homes program reaches the milestone of working with over 10,000 homes in the District, the program has launched a new website and has published a Requests for Applications (RFA) with $2,750,000 in available funding.

RiverSmart Homes is a District-wide program that offers financial incentives to homeowners to reduce stormwater runoff from their properties through varying practices. Each participating home receives a stormwater audit that determines the property’s eligibility for technical and financial assistance in installing one or more of the following practices: rain barrels, shade trees, rain gardens, BayScaping, permeable pavement, or re-vegetation.

Since 2009, the RiverSmart Homes program has conducted over 10,000 stormwater audits. The new website, RiverSmartHomes.org, has been created as a resource for homeowners throughout the District. The website contains information on the RiverSmart Homes program as a whole, in addition to guides of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects and an updated blog on how homes can be river-friendly. The website also features a gallery with photos of RiverSmart Homes installations throughout the District.

DOEE has also released an RFA seeking eligible entities to encourage installation of green infrastructure on private property in the District through RiverSmart Homes. Eligible entities include nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and universities/educational institutions. The amount available for the three projects within the RFA is $2,750,000.

The deadline for the RFA is Monday, October 8, at 4:30 pm. Five hard copies must be submitted to the above address and a completed electronic copy must be e-mailed to [email protected]. For additional information regarding this RFA, contact: [email protected].