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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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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?