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Community Stormwater Solutions Grants

RiverSmart ProjectsCommunity Stormwater Solutions Grants provide start-up funding for community-oriented projects that improve water quality and raise awareness about the impact of stormwater runoff on District water bodies. The program started in 2016 with the goal of raising awareness and achieving behavior change around issues impacting the District’s water bodies. Through this program, DOEE aims to create new community partners and strengthen existing relationships by supporting projects that are inspired and supported by the community.

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2017 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees

Anacostia Watershed Society: Awareness through Art: Storm Drain Murals Project ($20,000)

Anacostia Watershed Society will raise awareness about the Anacostia Watershed and the impacts of stormwater runoff on the District’s waterbodies through coursework and storm drain mural painting projects with Kimball Elementary School, River Terrace Education Campus, and Eastern High School.

Anacostia Waterfront Trust: Anacostia Advocacy Photo Database ($20,000)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust will develop a database of photos of the Anacostia River watershed depicting a range of watershed themes including its ecology, biodiversity, and restoration. Conservation photographer Krista Schlyer will produce, select, and organize photos for the database, which will be available to those involved in Anacostia River conservation efforts through a web-based portal on a royalty-free basis.

Anacostia Waterfront Trust: Anacostia StoryMap ($20,000)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust (AWT) will create an interactive StoryMap of the Anacostia River using the ArcGIS software. The Anacostia StoryMap will include photography that tells the story of the Anacostia Watershed from its historic, environmental, and community perspective. Conservation photographer Krista Schlyer will curate and produce photos, film, audio, and text for the StoryMap. The final product will be publicly available for viewing via web link.

Building Bridges Across the River: THEARC Living Classroom ($20,000)

Building Bridges Across the River’s ArtReach program will collaborate with George Washington University’s Biology Department and a landscape architect to design and construct a living classroom that includes stormwater runoff-reducing green infrastructure. The project will engage students from the Washington School for Girls, visitors of THEARC, and the surrounding community in the project, which will include monthly clean-up events, a litter prevention campaign, environmental education workshops, and various art projects that promote the natural environment surrounding THEARC campus.

Capital City Public Charter School: Trash Talk – Student-led Action Projects ($19,055)

Capital City Public Charter School, in collaboration with Alice Ferguson Foundation, will develop and implement a semester-long “Trash Talk” curriculum with their 5th grade class. The in-class lessons, fieldwork, and activities will result in better understanding of pollution and ecosystems, individual waste and waste streams, the effect of litter on ecosystems, and the role of the individual in improving (or worsening) these conditions. Students will perform an audit of school waste and visit waste transfer, recycling, and composting facilities. The project will culminate with a student-led call-to-action to educate the greater student body on what they have learned.

Dance Place – 8th Street Arts Park Artistic Downspout and Trash Receptacles ($18,230)

Dance Place will commission an artistic downspout that will drain roof runoff from the Dance Place building roof, emptying into rain barrels. Rain barrels collect stormwater runoff for reuse. Dance Place uses collected stormwater to irrigate their native plant and container gardens. Dance Place has commissioned local DC artist, Charles Bergen to create the artistic downspout. Dance place will commission artist Steve Prince to create artistic trash and recycling receptacles to be placed permanently in the park. This grant also provides funding for Dance Place to continue its youth gardening program, an educational video about the project, and two community events.

Designgreen, LLC: pokeFLOW Augmented Reality for Stormwater Education ($19,980)

Designgreen, LLC will develop an augmented reality game featuring green infrastructure for Watts Branch in the Anacostia Watershed. The game will be a mobile application (app) available for free through iTunes and Android stores. The new app will be designed to raise awareness about green infrastructure design and maintenance.

Earth Conservation Corps: Reducing Single-Use Plastic Bottle Waster through Awareness, Education, and Art ($19,987)

Earth Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth Creating Change program and FutureMakers, will raise awareness about plastic bottle waste in the Anacostia River through the creation of an art installation created by plastic bottles retrieved from trash traps along the Anacostia River. ECC will also host community clean-up events at Diamond Teague Park and develop, with participating youth, a call-to-action campaign that addresses single-use plastic bottle waste.

National Housing Trust – Enterprise Preservation Corporation: Copeland Manor Resident Engagement and Storm Drain Mural Project ($20,000)

National Housing Trust – Enterprise Preservation Corporation will engage residents of Copeland Manor, a 61-unit low income cooperative in Ward 7, in the design and construction of a 250 square foot rain garden. NHT will also complete three storm drain murals on the property. Residents of Copeland Manor will create the designs and install them with the assistance of a professional artist.

Natural Resources Design, Inc: RiverTools: Training Maintenance Kit for Schools ($20,000)

Natural Resources Design, Inc. will develop a comprehensive toolkit that will provide school garden and grounds staff, parent-teach groups, and teachers the knowledge of how to maintain green infrastructure installed through DOEE’s RiverSmart Schools program. The toolkit will include learning modules focused on each type of green infrastructure practice installed through RiverSmart Schools, case studies, and a field manual with an accompanying checklist.

Rooted and Sustained, LLC: Strengthening Community and Watershed Stewardship in River Terrace ($11,560)

Rooted and Sustained, LLC will engage and educate residents of the River Terrace community in Ward 7 on the effects of stormwater runoff, litter, and the benefits of green infrastructure. Rooted and Sustained, will provide workshops to the after-school participants of Stuart Hobson Middle School, present at community meetings, garden clubs, and community events, and host a community-wide clean-up event in the neighborhood. Through this project, Rooted and Sustained will aim to refer River Terrace residents to DOEE’s RiverSmart Homes program, which provides subsidies for green infrastructure installations.

2016 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees

Anacostia Watershed Society – Saving our Native Grasslands (SONG) - $13,000

Bona Terra – Sousa Middle School Rain Garden and Sculpture - $20,000

Dance Place – 8th Street Arts Park Native Gardens - $20,000

Endangered Species Coalition – Rock Creek Songbirds -$18,500

Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance – Broad Branch and Linnean Stream Restoration and Education - $19,650

George Washington University – GroW Garden Rainwater Catchment System - $5,900

Landscape Architecture Foundation – RiverSmart Homes Rain Garden Evaluation - $19,990

Living Classrooms – Watershed Watchers - $20,000

University of the District of Columbia – East Capitol Urban Farm GZEP Education and Green Roof Project - $19,460