The StormwaterWise Landscapes Program provides residents and business owners with funding to install small-scale practices that will reduce stormwater runoff from their property. Stormwater carries pollutants such as oil, bacteria from pet waste, sediment and lawn chemicals to our local streams. Installing practices on your property that collects or slows stormwater — allowing it to soak into the ground — keeps pollutants out of streams.
Through a lottery system, a total of 40 residential applicants will be selected for the 2016 program year. Commercial, religious and institutional properties, and properties managed through a home owners association (HOA), should apply through the HOA program. County staff will conduct stormwater assessments of each program participant’s property. Following the assessment, 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 StormwaterWise Landscapes Program is made possible through a partnership between the County and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE).
The StormwaterWise program supports the four practices listed below. A contractor list is provided to help you find a contractor, but we can’t recommend any particular contractor nor are you obligated to hire from the list. The maximum reimbursement for a residential participant is $2,000.
- Conservation landscapes – Conversion of lawn or non-native invasives to conservation landscapes. Must cover a minimum of 150 square feet. Average cost: $5-$15 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project cost up to $750.
- Pavement removal – Removal of impervious pavement, followed by soil amendment and native planting. Must cover a minimum of 150 square feet. Average cost: $4-$5 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project cost up to $1,500.
- Pervious surface options – Replacement of existing impervious pavement with permeable interlocking pavers or pervious concrete. Pervious asphalt, ribbon driveways and turf driveways aren’t eligible. Must cover a minimum of 150 square feet. Average cost: $10-$20 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project cost up to $2,000.
- Rain gardens – Average cost: $10-$25 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project cost up to $1,500.
Learn more about additional stormwater-reducing practices that you can implement on your own.
- Own private residential property in Arlington County. Only one acre of property will receive a stormwater assessment.
- Sign and present the participant agreement to County staff at the start of the site assessment.
- Be willing to implement at least one stormwater reduction recommendation from their stormwater assessment.
- Be willing to be featured in a case study for the program or a similar outreach initiative.
You’re not eligible to participate in StormwaterWise if:
- You have already participated in StormwaterWise.
- You’re unwilling to sign and turn in the participant agreement at the start of the site visit.
- You have an open or pending land-disturbing activity permit.
Reimbursements will not be provided for any stormwater management practices required by federal, state or local permit or as mitigation for any regulatory violation, or installed concurrently with any development or re-development project that requires a land disturbing activities (LDA) permit.
Program funds can’t pay for:
- Non-native plants.
- The addition of new hardscape, such as the expansion of a driveway or patio, even if the new hardscape is permeable.
How to Apply
The 2016 StormwaterWise Program application window will be February 14 through April 1, 2016. The online application will go live on February 14, 2016. One entry per household and only complete applications will be considered for the program.
- For a rain garden project, if the total cost is $3,000, then I would be eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement, which is $1,500, correct?
Yes, that’s correct. Remember: You can spend more than $3,000 for the project, but the maximum reimbursement you will receive is $1,500.
- To be reimbursed, do I just need to save my receipts for materials or invoices for work completed?
Yes. Provide receipts that are as detailed as possible. If you purchase plants, we prefer for the name of the plant to appear on the receipt. If the names of the plants aren’t listed on the receipt, save the plant labels and submit those. Hired labor is a reimbursable expense. For reporting purposes, provide a copy of the cancelled check that was used to pay the workers, and a detailed invoice that includes the date the work was completed and a detailed description of the work.
- We had mulch delivered from the County. Can I include this receipt as part of my cost?
Yes. If the mulch is used for the StormwaterWise project, it can be included with your receipts for reimbursement.
To Be Reimbursed
- After the practice is installed, inform County staff that it’s ready to be inspected.
- County staff will visit the homeowner’s property to make sure that the practice is properly installed.
- Following inspection, we will send an email indicating approval of the installed practice, or will indicate any necessary changes.
- After receiving approval, you will submit receipts to ACE for reimbursement with a fully completed reimbursement form.
- A reimbursement check for the installed practice or practices (based on the practice-specific funding guidelines) will be issued by ACE within eight weeks. As previously mentioned, accepted applicants may have their project featured in a case study.
- Note that funds received from the StormwaterWise program are considered taxable income. W2 forms will be issued by ACE for those that receive $600 or more dollars from the program.