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New Arlington Storm Water Retention Program for Residents

posted Feb 1, 2012, 2:29 PM by RockSpring CivicAssociation

Arlington County today announced the following new program to help residents address storm water run-off. It should be of special interest to Rock Spring residents due to our previous run-off and flooding problems.

The Arlington StormwaterWise Landscapes Program provides County residents and business owners with funding to install small-scale practices that will reduce stormwater runoff from their property. Through a lottery system, 40 applicants will be selected for the program pilot in 2012. County staff will conduct a stormwater assessment of each program participant’s property. Participants will receive a written report with a property map, a list of site-specific recommendations for reducing stormwater runoff, and appropriate references as needed. The Arlington StormwaterWise Landscapes Program is made possible through a partnership between Arlington County and the Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE).

Funding is available for the six practices listed below. Program participants will be reimbursed up to 50% of the installation cost, or a pre-determined amount for each practice, which ever is less. Each participant is eligible for up to a maximum reimbursement of $1,000.

  • Cisterns
  • Conservation landscapes -- the conversion of lawn or non-native invasives to native plantings.
  • Infiltration trenches and dry wells.
  • Pervious pavers or concrete for driveways, walkways, and patios. The removal of impervious pavement is also eligible for the reimbursement program.
  • Rain gardens.
  • Green roofs

Do you have runoff problems on your property? Have you considered installing a rain garden or pervious pavers, but wished you had some advice and funds to support the project? Do you want to help protect Arlington’s streams and the Chesapeake Bay? Then the new StormwaterWise Landscapes Program may be for you!

The deadline to apply for the program is Feb. 29, 2012. For more details and to access the on-line application form, please visit the County's website at: www.arlingtonva.us/stormwaterwise.

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