Prince George’s County and the Chesapeake Bay Trust are teaming together to offer two new grant programs aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay while helping county residents save money. Molly Alton Mullins, director of communications and development for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, said the programs provide incentives to homeowners and business owners who make […]
Prince George’s County and the Chesapeake Bay Trust are teaming together to offer two new grant programs aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay while helping county residents save money.
Molly Alton Mullins, director of communications and development for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, said the programs provide incentives to homeowners and business owners who make changes to their properties to better manage stormwater runoff.
“Managing stormwater runoff is crucial to helping restore the health of the Bay and local rivers and streams,” Mullins said. “These programs will absolutely help.”
One of the programs, called the Rain Check Rebate Program, funding of up to $2,000 to homeowners and $20,000 to commercial properties for making changes.
Mullins said the trust recommends seven practices for property owners: adding a rain garden, removing pavement or impervious surfaces, installing a green roof, adding rain barrels, constructing cisterns, building a tree canopy and installing a permeable pavement which allows filtration of water.
The second program, the Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program, supports stormwater projects up to $200,000 to help the waterways of Prince George’s County. Mullins said homeowners associations, faith-based institutions and community associations are strongly encouraged to apply.
The programs are the result of a partnership between the the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Prince George’s County, said Jana Davis, the trust’s executive director.
“These projects really are a win-win,” Davis said. “Some of these packages have energy benefits so it would reduce energies that save money. Rain barrels capture water, so it would save you money on your water bill. So in addition to having an impact beyond the boundary of your property you’re really benefitting your own property at the same time.”
Natalia Sanchez, a program manager for the Chesapeake Bay Trust who is overseeing the Prince George’s County rebate program, said residential homeowners who have experienced flooding or other type of stormwater-related challenges may want to implement one of the recommended practices to improve their property and become eligible for a rebate.
“It will help owners increase their property value especially if they happen to be on a site that experiences erosion or flooding,” said Sanchez. “The practices are really geared toward helping the amount of runoff from those properties and I think with local business it’s the same thing as well.”
Jeff DeHan, associate director for the Stormwater Management Division for Department of the Environment of Prince George’s County, said the county appropriated about $1.5 million dollars to be distributed between the programs.
“We’re trying to go beyond the conventional means and trends of government’s practices and policies by engaging both the public and the private sectors to make it more attainable and more participation and enhance economic and business development in the county,” DeHan said.
The programs have been open for two weeks, Mullins said, and those wishing to apply for the Stormwater Stewardship program must apply online by 5 p.m. on Sept. 18. To apply for either program visit http://www.cbtrust.org/.