The StormwaterWise Landscapes Program provides home owner associations (HOAs) with funding to install small-scale practices that will reduce stormwater runoff from their property. Commercial, religious and institutional properties that are half an acre or larger may also participate in this program. 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.
Selected HOAs will receive a stormwater assessment by County staff for up to one acre of its property. Following the assessment, a written report that includes a list of site-specific recommendations for reducing stormwater runoff and appropriate references will be provided. HOAs will then select one of the recommended practices to install. The StormwaterWise Landscapes Program is made possible through a partnership between the County and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE).
The following four practices are eligible for the StormwaterWise program. The StormwaterWise Contractor List contains a list of pre-qualified contractors to install StormwaterWise projects. The maximum reimbursement for an HOA participant is $4,000.
- Conservation landscapes – Conversion of lawn or non-native invasives to conservation landscapes. Must cover a minimum of 300 square feet. Average cost: $5-$15 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project costs up to $2,000.
- Pavement removal – Removal of impervious pavement, followed by soil amendment and native planting. Must cover a minimum of 300 square feet. Average cost: $4-$5 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project cost up to $3,000.
- 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 300 square feet. Average cost: $20-$30 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project cost up to $4,000.
- Rain gardens – Must cover a minimum of 150 square feet. Average cost: $10-$25 per square foot. Program reimbursement: 50 percent of the project cost up to $3,000.
Learn more about additional stormwater-reducing practices that you can implement on your own.
- Have private property in Arlington County. Only one acre of property will receive a stormwater assessment. In addition to HOAs, commercial, religious and institutional properties that are half an acre or larger may also participate in this program.
- Have HOA approval for a representative to sign and present the participant agreement to County staff by the site assessment visit.
- Have HOA approval for 50 percent cost match.
- 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 if:
- 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.
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.
- The maintenance or replacement of any stormwater management practices that were previously installed as a federal, state or local requirement.
How to Apply
The 2020 StormwaterWise Program applications will be accepted from February 1 – March 15, 2020. One entry per HOA and only complete applications will be considered for the program.
Because of the Covid-19 public health emergency, the schedule for StormwaterWise will be paused for 2020.
- For a rain garden project, if the total cost is $6,000, then I would be eligible for a 50 percent reimbursement, which is $3,000, correct?
Yes, that’s correct. Remember: You can spend more than $6,000 for the project, but the maximum reimbursement you will receive is $3,000.
- 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 HOA 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. A W9 must be completed and provided to ACE with your reimbursement form for reimbursement requests of $600 or more. ACE will submit a 1099 to the IRS for the tax year in which you receive the reimbursement.