Permeable Pavement: Saving Money and the Environment in Prince George’s County
Great news Prince George’s County, Maryland property owners/managers! In the effort to improve quality of life for its communities, Prince George’s County has partnered with Chesapeake Bay Trust (CB Trust) and is offering a Rain Check Rebate Program that promotes green solutions to stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff occurs when rain (or snowmelt) flows over the land picking up pollutants such as oil, grease, sediment and nutrient which make their way into local streams and rivers. As a Prince George’s County certified business and active members of its community, we would like to do our part and help improve stormwater runoff quality and reduce stormwater runoff quantity, as well as the health of our local waterways, by offering our services to help make this the Rain Check Rebate Program a success.
The Rain Check Rebate program allows property owners to get rebates for installing approved stormwater practices such as rain barrels, cisterns, rain gardens, green roofs, urban tree canopies, and our area of expertise, permeable pavement. As stated on the Chesapeake Bay Trust Permeable Pavement Fact Sheet, permeable pavement allows stormwater to slowly seep through (infiltrate), reaching the soil and replenishing the groundwater below the surface. A variety of permeable pavement materials are available, such as interlocking pavers, porous asphalt, pervious concrete, and manufactured grass pavers. Interlocking pavers consist of precast blocks (primarily brick or concrete) that are aligned in such a way that water is able to pass between the voids between successive blocks.
What are the benefits to property owners and communities?
- Reduces stormwater runoff, localized flooding, and erosion.
- Replenishes groundwater and improves water quality through natural filtration processes.
- Grass pavers can improve site appearance by providing vegetation instead of pavement.
- Permeable pavement reduces the amount of land needed for stormwater management.
- May satisfy requirements for green space, allowing more development on a site.
Who is Eligible for a Rebate?
The following entities are eligible for a rebate: individuals, commercial businesses, multi-family dwellings, homeowner associations, condominium associations, civic associations, non-profit organizations, and not-for-profit organizations including housing cooperatives. Individual members of a housing cooperative may apply for rebates under the residential incentives category.
How much can be awarded?
$4,000 for residential property owners; $20,000 for commercial properties, multi-family dwellings, nonprofit, and not-for-profit organizations, homeowners associations,condominium associations, and civic associations. Please see the eligibility requirements for more details.
For more information or to apply for the Rain Check Rebate Program, click HERE.
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