Prince George’s County is committed to improving the quality of life for its
communities by promoting 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 nutrients which make their way into local streams
and rivers. The Rain Check Rebate Program allows property owners to
receive rebates for installing Rain Check approved stormwater management
practices. Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofit entities (including housing
cooperatives and churches) can recoup some of the costs of installing practices
covered by the program.
Stormwater is rain or melted snow that runs off roofs, driveways, and the land. Gutters, downspouts, and paved surfaces collect and move stormwater to the street, where it’s carried into the storm drain system and into local streams. As it flows, stormwater picks up pollutants (such as dirt and toxins, fertilizers, and pet waste) and carries them into our waterways.
The alarming amount of trash and chemical pollutants in our waters comes from us. Every day, oil, chemicals, trash, sediment and other pollutants collect on roads, parking lots and driveways. These pollutants are carried to our local streams by stormwater runoff where they can have many harmful effects.
- Bacteria and other pathogens create health hazards for people and wildlife.
- Debris (e.g., plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles and cigarette butts) can choke and kill aquatic life such as ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.
- Excess nutrients cause algae blooms that can destroy aquatic habitats and
impact recreational opportunities.
Taken together, stormwater pollutants damage aquatic communities and other environmental resources, threaten human health, restrict recreational opportunities, and cost taxpayers money to clean up.
By implementing these stormwater practices, residents will conserve water and help support healthy stream and river ecosystems that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. The Rain Check Rebate Program will help property owners implement techniques that will reduce their Clean Water Act Fee.
In addition, the Program will help the County do its part to meet pollution-reduction targets as required by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), including achieving the milestones set forth in the County’s local Watershed Implementation Plan.
For more information, call 311 or contact us at DERRebatesandCredits@co.pg.md.us.
This rebate program was established in 2012 through County Bill CB-40-2012 and is administered by the Department of Environmental Resources (DER).
Download the Rain Check Rebate Program
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