The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) RiverSmart programs provide financial incentives to help District property owners install green infrastructure such as rain barrels, green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavers, shade trees, and more. Casey & Company is a certified installer of Raingardens & Bayscapes in Washington, D.C.
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.