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The RiverSmart Homes program offers incentives to District of Columbia homeowners interested in reducing stormwater pollution from their properties.

Stormwater Pollution in the District

Rainwater becomes stormwater when it falls on impervious surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, roads, sidewalks and even lawns, where it is unable to soak into the ground. As stormwater moves from our yards to our streams it picks up pollutants such as oil and grease from our roadways and driveways, nutrients from fertilizers on our lawns, and bacteria from pet waste and other animal excrement. Once in the stream, the fast-moving surges of water associated with storms cause erosion and destroy habitat for fish and other wildlife. Thankfully, new development and large renovations of properties in the District are now required to install items that reduce stormwater pollution.

If your home was built before the 1980s (and chances are it was!), you probably do not have any stormwater controls installed on your property. RiverSmart Homes can help you take steps to reduce stormwater pollution and beautify your yard.

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RiverSmart Homes Educational Videos:

- Article: RiverSmart Homes: Greening One House at a time