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Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Tree Planting:

Trees have many benefits including aesthetic appeal, temperature control, increased property value, habitat for wildlife, and cleaner air. Trees also help reduce non-point source pollution to waterways. Tree foliage collects rainwater, while the roots filter and soak it up helping to restore ground water. By increasing the urban tree canopy, or amount of foliage surface area, District residents can help to prevent the pollution that is caused when precipitation, along with whatever is in its path, washes into storm drains.

Service Contact: David Wooden
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 202-654-6131

Nature Landscaping: What is BayScaping?

BayScaping is landscaping with plants that are native to the Chesapeake Bay. BayScaping is planted and maintained to benefit people, and the local environment.

Some of its benefits include the following:

  • Providing habitat for local and migratory animals;
  • Improving water quality;
  • Creating more visual interest than lawn;
  • Reducing the need for mowing and watering;
  • Decreasing the need for chemical pesticides and herbicides; and
  • Addressing areas with problems such as erosion, poor soils, steep slopes or poor drainage.

See RiverSmart Homes BayScaping and RiverSmart Rebates

Service Contact: Lauren Linville
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 202-535-2252

Clean Marina:

The Clean Marinas program is a partnership among the District Department of the Environment/Watershed Protection Division, the National Park Service/National Capital Region (NPS), and marinas in the District. It is a voluntary program through which marina operations become more environmentally responsible and marina managers educate the boating public on environmentally responsible boating practices. The program encourages marina, boatyard, and boat club operators, as well as the boating public to take extra steps to reduce pollution and protect and improve environmental quality. Because marinas abut and are actually in the District's waters, almost everything that takes place there has the potential to affect water quality. Actions by individual boaters, through maintenance, operation, and storage of recreational vessels, can affect air and water quality. Marinas have the potential to reduce pollution to the District's environment by adopting practices that reduce the amount of waste produced as well as the way waste is handled.

Scoop your Pet's Poop:

Believe it or not, there are pooper-scooper laws across the United States including the District of Columbia. The law states that no person owning, keeping or having custody of a dog in the District, except a seeing eye dog, shall allow or permit dog waste to remain in any public place. DDOE wants the public to understand why it is so important to scoop your pet's poop:

  • Properly disposing of pet waste helps to keep park grounds and sidewalks clean.
  • Pet waste transmits disease.
  • Pet waste is bad for the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and the city's smaller neighborhood streams. Rain carries waste into storm drains and nearby streams, contaminating the water with harmful bacteria which make the water unhealthy to touch.
  • Pet waste adds unwanted nutrients to local waterways causing algae blooms and poor water quality.

For more information on scooping your pet's poop and laws, please contact Maria Hille (DOH); (202) 535-1352.