Friday, August 19, 2016

RainPay: innovation protects the Anacostia River

Stormwater―rain the rain that runs off of pavement, roofs, and sidewalks—can do considerable damage to the Anacostia River and its tributaries.   Stormwater causes erosion and perhaps worse, washes all manner of pollutants into the river.

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust has developed a solution: RainPay.

According to the blog post RainPay: beautify your property, make money and protect the Anacostia River:
RainPay program helps to mitigate the problems caused by stormwater by working with property owners to install high quality green infrastructure projects (also known as rain gardens) in the areas of Anacostia watershed where they have the most impact.

The Anacostia Waterfront Trust is currently seeking property owners (nonprofits, houses of prayer, and small businesses) to participate. Qualifying property owners can receive a beautiful rain garden for their property at no cost. Additionally, participants receive payments for hosting the rain garden on their land and are able to benefit from a reduction in their monthly stormwater fees assessed by DC Water. Participants also get the satisfaction of knowing that RainPay maximizes social, environmental, and job benefits.

Read the entire blog post for more information about this innovative program.   In the meantime, take a look at the image below to learn how the Progressive National Baptist Convention is mitigating stormwater via RainPay.

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