The RiverSmart Homes Program offers a series of rebates when homeowners install their own trees, rain barrels, or rain gardens or remove impervious surfaces from their property and replace it with permeable pavers and/or vegetation. Any District single-family homeowner is eligible to apply for these rebates, even if they have already participated in the RiverSmart Homes Program.
District homeowners who purchase and install approved rain barrels are eligible for a rebate based on the volume of the rain barrel. Rebates are issued as a direct reimbursement at a rate of $2 per gallon stored by the rain barrel or cistern. The minimum volume required is 50 gallons, which would provide a $100 rebate. Rebates may not exceed $1,000 total per property or the cost of the barrel. The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay administers rain barrel rebates on behalf of DOEE. Visit Rain Barrel Rebates for eligibility and application information.
District homeowners who purchase and plant an eligible tree on their property can receive a rebate. The rebate amount varies ($50 or $100) depending on the species of tree planted. Species noted for their large canopy and significant environmental benefits qualify for rebates up to $100 per tree. Casey Trees administers the tree rebate on behalf of DOEE. Visit Casey Trees for the eligible species list and application information.
District homeowners who install landscaping projects that reduce and/or treat stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces on their property are eligible for a rebate. There are three types of projects that qualify for a rebate through the program and the rebates amounts are determined by project type.
Rain garden: Provides rebates at a rate of $3.00 per square foot of treatment area. The minimum square footage that must be treated is 400 square feet. The maximum rebate is $2,200.
Replacement of impervious surface with vegetation: Provides rebates at a rate of $5.00 per square foot of project area. The minimum square footage that must be treated is 200 square feet.
Replacement of impervious surface with permeable pavers: Provides rebates at a rate of $10.00 per square foot of project area. The minimum square footage that must be treated is 100 square feet, and projects must be installed by contractors with the PICP certificate of completion.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay administers the landscaping rebate on behalf of DOEE. Visit Landscaping Rebates to review the Homeowner Guide and Rebate Application.