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
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.
- 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
- 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.