Prince George's County Raincheck Rebate Program


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Carole Ann Barth is a senior environmental planner with Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources. Her principle focus is to increase County employee, public, and business awareness about sustainability and to promote stewardship through everyday actions at work and at home. Previously, Barth worked in the fields of watershed assessment and restoration planning, as well as environmental site design. She co-developed the nationally-recognized Rainbows to Rain Gardens program. Ms. Barth will speak about Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate program.

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  • The primary goal of the Community Outreach Promoting Empowerment Section is to help people become aware of behaviors that impact our built and natural environment and change behaviors accordingly. As citizens learn about the impacts of their actions on local water resources, they will become more likely to change their behaviors. Thus, COPE is to provide life skills and knowledge so people can become informed environmental citizens of their communities. Public education can be one of the most effective measures to address the impacts of stormwater runoff. For the public to willingly change their behavior to prevent water quality degradation, they need to understand the connection between watersheds, stormwater runoff, water quality, and community health. Educating the public about the impact of their daily activities on the health of their watershed and receiving waters helps foster a general understanding of watersheds and water quality health that promotes behavior change and support for restoration projects. It also promotes environmental stewardship and volunteerism among the community, businesses, and citizens by promoting sense of “ownership” in their neighborhoods and associated natural resources. Thus, public outreach and stewardship efforts will needs to reach out to a broad audience as well as target specific audiences to make positive changes that help restore and protect our local watersheds.
  • Welcoming Remarks
  • -Several slides back I mentioned County’s Clean Water Act Fee. The fee was instituted to meet state law which required establishment of fee to protect and restore water quality by addressing polluted stormwater.- If a property owner has one or more Best Management Practices on their property that reduce the quantity or improve the quality of stormwater discharged from their property, they may qualify for a fee reduction or credit. In addition, property owners who can demonstrate substantial financial hardship as a result of the fee may also qualify for credits.The Rain Check Rebate Program allows property owners to receive rebates for installing Rain Check approved stormwater management practices. The Rain Check Rebate Program will help property owners implement techniques that will reduce their Clean Water Act Fee.
  • - Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofit entities (including housing cooperatives and churches) can recoup some of the costs of installing practices covered by the program. - Prince George’s County residents, businesses, and non-profits can apply for cash rebates for adopting stormwater management practices that help improve the quality of the County’s waterways.All properties in the County are eligible except:Properties in Bowie are not eligible for rebates because the City has its own NPDES permit and does not pay into the County’s Clean Water Fee.Properties in Cheverly and University Park are not eligible for the Tree rebate because they have their own tree rebate program. They are eligible for the other 6 practices.Projects will NOT be eligible for a rebate if the property is located within a municipality that has a similar rebate program for stormwater management projects:Properties in Bowie are not eligible for rebates Properties in University Park and Cheverly are eligible for all practices except urban tree canopy
  • In order for a project to be eligible It must be one of the seven practicesIt can not be part of the permit approval requirements for new building construction or renovations,Pre-approval is required for all practices (except rain barrels) and installation must be consistent with DER guidelines
  • The rebate amounts are determined by the Rebate-Eligible practices used and cannot exceed the total cost of the project. Rebate ceilings are set at $2,000 for residential properties and $20,000 for commercial, multi-family dwellings, nonprofit entities and not-for-profit organizations.An applicant may complete multiple projects until the rebate ceiling is met. If the property is sold, the new owner is eligible for additional rebates up to another $2,000.Maximum per project varies by practice.
  • Did to think about which is reight for youFor example for treesResidential means single family Nonresidential means multi family, commercial, nonprofit or institutional(Note: individual members of a condominium development are handled as single family residences if they have individual property to maintain.)Trees help to regulate stormwater runoff and reduce the risk of flooding. They also give shelter to wildlife, muffle noise, and provide privacy, Overall trees increase property values, add beauty to our communities.For example a 10” white oak will reduce the amount of stormwater leaving a residential lot by 1341 gallons per year. Planting a tree has never been more affordable. Prince George’s County will reimburse the purchase price for a tree up to $150/ tree and mulchAs you determine the location and type of tree keep in mind the tree must be native.Need to think about how big the tree will get, How close to power lines, driveways and other trees,At least 10 to 15 ft from your house.Also keep in mind that the tree must be on private property, planted between Oct 1 and May1 and at least 5FT.
  • Rain barrels are containers used to collect a portion of the rainwater that flows from your rooftop and store it for uses such as watering your lawn and garden. Rain barrels are not for storing drinking water or water for use inside your home. By capturing water from downspouts that may otherwise discharge onto a paved surface, rain barrels can reduce the amount of runoff and pollutants reaching local streams. For projects on residential properties to qualify for a rebate through the Rain Check Rebate Program, the rain barrel system must capture at least 100 gallons during a rain event. For commercial properties, multi-family dwellings, and nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations, the rain barrel system must capture at least 200 gallons.Through this program, rebates of $50 are available for individual residential projects, and rebates of $100 are available for multi-family dwellings, commercial businesses, and nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations to help reduce costs.
  • A cistern is a sealed tank used to collect rainwater that flows from your rooftop and store it for non-potable, exterior uses, such as landscape irrigation and car washing. Generally larger than rain barrels, cisterns have capacities ranging from 100 gallons to several thousand gallons and can collect water from several downspouts from one building’s roof or from multiple roofs.
  • Rain gardens are a beautiful, low-tech, inexpensive way for homeowners, communities, and businesses to help ease stormwater problems and reduce their contribution to the pollution of local streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.They require an area that has a gentle slope that regularly receives runoff from patios, sidewalks, or other hard surfaces or where downspouts, rain barrel outlets, or sump pump outlets can direct rainwater into your rain garden. The center of the rain garden holds several inches of water, allowing the stormwater to slowly seep into the ground instead of flowing directly from your roof, driveway parking lot or sidewalks to the nearest stream.Rain gardens typically consist of an absorbent soil, a mulch layer, and shrubs, grasses, and flowering plants. You’ll want to test your soil’s ability to absorb water, see guidelines for how-to.Should be 10ft from the house.Rain gardens require less maintenance compared to traditional gardens. Primary maintenance requirements involve weeding, repair, and replacement of components in the treatment area.
  • Pavement removal is the replacement of impervious surfaces, such as asphalt and concrete, with grass or native plants or with permeable pavement and/or pavers. In urbanized areas, runoff typically enters the storm drain system (underground pipes that carry stormwater to streams) and, ultimately, to the Chesapeake Bay. Large expanses of impervious area are associated with increased stream bank erosion and decreased water quality.Reducing pavement on individual properties can- improve downstream water quality and reduce downstream erosion- enhance property aesthetics with landscape vegetation,- increase potential green space within the community,- reduce stormwater runoff,- promote native plant species and wildlife habitat, and- reduce expensive pavement maintenance costs and potentially increase home values.
  • When water falls on conventional pavement, such as concrete it accumulates and than flows across and off the impervious surface as stormwater runoff.Permeable pavement allow some of the water andpollutants to soak into the ground.There are a variety of permeable pavement materials available such as interlocking pavers and pervious concrete.The type of soil found on your property is an important consideration. Soil conditions do not constrain the use of permeable pavement, although they do determine whether an underdrain is needed. crushed stone and soil layers allows natural filtration processes to improve water quality by retaining some pollutants that would otherwise enter streams and rivers with runoff.For a typical 10 foot by 20 foot single car driveway this would amount to between $1,400 and $3,000. To alleviate costs, the Program provides a rebate of $1,200 (100-square-foot minimum) for residential properties and $5,000 (350-square-foot minimum) for commercial properties, multi-family dwellings, and projects undertaken by nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Rooftops are usually hard surfaces that cannot absorb rainwater, so they contribute to stormwater runoff, increased pollutant loading to streams, and heat islands.A Green roof or living roof is covered by vegetation, a growing medium, over an impermeable membrane that filters pollutants and slow and reduces the amount of water leaving the roof.Green roofs, which have been used in Europe for more than 30 years, are easy to incorporate into new construction and can be used on many existing buildings.On a hot day, an urban area can be 10 degrees hotter than the surrounding area due to human activities; green roofs stay substantially cooler (up to 40 – 50 degrees cooler) than conventional roofs helping to reduce the surrounding air temperature. This practice may also increase property values and reduce property maintenance fees.
  • No need to copy the URL, the Rain Check website is on the Rain Check Rebate handout in your packet.
  • If rain barrels were installed on or after July 1 2012, and the property owner has the receipts, they are eligible for a rebate.Determine where the pervious and impervious areas are on your property.Find the sources of runoff on your property.How well does water soak into the different areas of your property?What kind of soil do you have?What level of maintenance is required and how does it fit with your abilities?Do you have the space for a cistern, rain gardens or more trees?New Applicatant form, Property Agreement, a form for each practices and maintanece
  • Make note of the what areas of your property are pervious (lawns, gardens, etc.) and impervious (roof, driveway, patio, etc.).Find the sources of runoff on your property (e.g., Where do the downspouts drain to? During heavy rain, which way does the run across your lawn or driveway?)How well does water soak into the different areas of your property?What kind of soil do you have?What kind of roof do you have?Do you have the space for a cistern, rain gardens or more trees?MORE SPECIFIC TIPS ARE IN THE REBATE GUIDELINES FOR EACH PRACTICE
  • Located in Prince George’s CountyProperty Tax ID and information listed correctlyHOA agreement received (if applicable)Property Owner agreement received Meets standards and specifications of the Program Maintenance Agreement signed (voluntary for residential properties)Nonprofit and Not-for-Profit Contract Agreements signedThird Party Contract Agreements signed by all partiesIF A PERMIT IS REQUIRED, APPLICANT WILL NEED TO APPLY TO DPIEFor all other projects, inform applicant of review status:If application is incomplete, issue a Project Application Response Letter indicating More Information NeededIf application is complete but ineligible, issue a Project Application Response Letter indicating Project DeniedIf application is complete and eligible, issue a Project Application Response Letter indicating Project Approved:Send applicant the Property Owner Agreement (POA)Request contractor credentials, if applicableSecure permit(s) as needed prior to construction.
  • Prince George's County Raincheck Rebate Program

    1. 1. “Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future”
    2. 2. T Trash W Water E Environmental Justice E Energy, Air, Climate T Trees S Sustainability Focus Areas
    3. 3. Community Outreach Promoting Empowerment Increase public and business awareness about sustainability and promote active stewardship in everyday actions at work and at home.
    5. 5. ReLeaf Grant Program provides landscape funding to community organizations and municipalities for planting trees and shrubs in public spaces. Municipalities can get up to $10,000 and community associations / groups can get up to $5,000.
    6. 6. Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program 6“Our Water. Our Future. Ours to Protect”
    7. 7. Clean Water Act Fee Rain Check Rebate 7  State law applies to 9 counties and City of Baltimore  Fee added to annual property tax bill  Fee based on the amount of impervious surface  Provides funds to clean water and revitalize aging neighborhoods  County program  Provides property owners with cash rebates for installing eligible stormwater practices to reduce stormwater impacts  Property owners can apply for a reduced Clean Water Act Fee
    8. 8. Eligible Practices Urban Tree Canopy Rain Barrel Cistern Rain Garden Permeable Pavement Green Roof Pavement Removal 8
    9. 9. Applicant Eligibility  Eligible Applicants include: – Homeowners – Members of a housing cooperative – Commercial businesses – Multi-family dwellings – Nonprofit organizations – Not-for-profit organizations 9
    10. 10. Project Eligibility  A project is eligible for a rebate if: 1. The project is located within Prince George’s County 2. The project is completed within 12 months of application approval 3. DER conducts pre- and post-installation site visits and finds the project in compliance with the approved application* 4. The project follows the program guidelines and criteria Residential Rain Garden * Rain barrels do not require pre-inspection 10
    11. 11. Maximum Rebate Per Property  $2,000 maximum residential rebate  $20,000 maximum rebate for commercial properties and multi-family dwellings  Rebate amount cannot exceed the cost of the project 11 Urban Tree Canopy
    12. 12. Urban Tree Canopy  Planting native trees helps increase the urban tree canopy  Leaves and roots absorb rainfall and slow down stormwater runoff  Trees take up water and nutrients through their roots  Trees improve air quality, water quality, and property values, and save energy by shading buildings 12 Residential Rebate Amount: $1,200/lot or $150/tree Non-residential Rebate Amount: $1,800/lot; $150/tree
    13. 13. Rain Barrels  Containers used to collect rainwater from your roof and store it for later use (e.g., watering your lawn and garden)  Rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff, allowing more of the water to soak into the ground, replenishing groundwater Source: Katie Elzer-Peters13 Residential Rebate Amount: $50 (must capture 100 gallons) Non-residential Rebate Amount: $100 (must capture 200 gallons)
    14. 14. Cisterns  Much larger than rain barrels, cisterns are sealed tanks used to collect rainwater from your roof  Cisterns store water for landscape irrigation and car washing 14 Residential Rebate Amount: $500 maximum ($1/gallon stored, 250 gallons minimum) Non-residential Rebate Amount: $2,000 maximum ($1/gallon stored, 250 gallons minimum)
    15. 15. Rain Gardens  Like a cupped hand, a rain garden’s shallow depression collects rainfall so it can soak into the soil, where pollutants are filtered out.  In addition, rain gardens provide aesthetic appeal and attract birds and butterflies. 15 Residential Rebate Amount: $1,200/rain garden Non-residential Rebate Amount: $2,500/rain garden or $1/sq. ft. impervious area treated, whichever is greater
    16. 16. Pavement Removal  Replacing paved areas with planted areas helps slow the runoff down, spread it out, and soak it in. 16 Residential Rebate Amount: $600-$1,200 (100 sq. ft. minimum; $6/sq. ft.) Non-residential Rebate Amount: $1,800 to $5,000 (300 sq. ft. minimum; $6/sq. ft.)  Removal also enhances property values and aesthetics
    17. 17. Permeable Pavement  Permeable pavement allows stormwater to seep into the soil instead of washing into stormdrains  A variety of permeable pavement materials are available 17 Residential Rebate Amount: $1,200 (100 square foot minimum) Non-residential Rebate Amount: $5,000 (350 square foot minimum) Source: DDOE
    18. 18. Green Roofs  A green roof is a low- maintenance, vegetated roof system that stores rainwater  Can increase property value, reduce heating and cooling costs, and provide habitat for bees and other pollinators 18 Residential Rebate Amount: $10/sq. ft. (300 sq. ft. or ¼ roof retrofit, minimum) Non-residential Rebate Amount: $10/sq. ft. if less than 6”of planting material.$20/sq. ft. if over 6”of planting material. (300 sq. ft. or ¼ roof retrofit, minimum) Source: Arlington County
    19. 19. Rebate Practice Guidelines  Consult the Practice Guidelines for detailed information on practice standards, costs, maintenance requirements, and more 19 Guidelines can be found at: StormwaterManagement/Resources/BMP
    20. 20. How to GetYour Rebate 1 a) Determine what practices are suitable for your property 2 a) Fill out and submit the rebate application b) Schedule a pre-installation site visit for all practices except rain barrels 3 a) Install the practice within 12 months of approval b) Schedule a post-installation site visit 4 a) Submit receipts to DER b) Receive rebate check 20
    21. 21. How to GetYour Rebate 2. a) Submit Application  Submit application online or by mail  DER will send you an email confirming receipt and provide you with an application number  DER will then assess the application’s eligibility and completeness 22
    22. 22. How to GetYour Rebate 2. b) Pre-Installation Visit  Pre-installment site visit with project coordinator – Not required for rain barrels – Project coordinator takes notes and photos  Applicant will be informed of status I. More Information is Needed II. The Project is Denied III. The Project is Approved 23
    23. 23. How to GetYour Rebate 3. a) Install the Practice  Install the practice (either by yourself or by a contractor) within of approval 24 Before After
    24. 24. How to GetYour Rebate 3. b) Post-InstallationVisit  Project coordinator will visit the site and complete an Inspection Checklist  After, the project coordinator will inform you: – Installation is deficient: Project Correction – Installation is acceptable: Project Completion 25
    25. 25. How to GetYour Rebate 4. a) Submit Receipts and 4. b) Receive Rebate Check  After post-installation site visit, you must submit receipts to DER  Once installation is acceptable and receipts have been submitted, a rebate check will be issued. 26
    26. 26. Engage People in restoration Promote Sustainable solutions Empower Community Action Improve Environmental Quality Revitalize Communities Questions?