The RainScapes program promotes and implements projects on residential, institutional, and commercial properties to reduce stormwater pollution. The County offers technical and financial assistance (in the form of rebates) to encourage property owners to implement eligible RainScapes techniques on their property.
There are two ways for private homeowners/businesses to participate:
- RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program
- Targeted Neighborhoods Program
RainScapes are a vital component of the County’s watershed restoration efforts, which are required by law (under the County’s NPDES Stormwater Permit). Please note that even if you are not yet ready to install a RainScape on your property we recommend everyday steps to reduce polluted stormwater runoff from your yard.
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Most rainfall on urban surfaces such as roofs, driveways, roads, parking lots and patios ends up as stormwater runoff. In contrast rainfall on natural surfaces (e.g., forests and meadows) soaks into the ground where it can replenish groundwater and recharge streams. RainScapes techniques include rainfall capture and holding, rainfall interception, and simulating good, natural drainage which help to:
- Reduce stormwater runoff volumes from individual properties
- Reduce drainage problems on a property
- Prevent stormwater pollution from entering our streams
- Reduce water consumption during dry spells
- Reduced need for mowing, fertilizer and pesticide applications
- Enhance yard aesthetics
- Enhance wildlife habitat
- Reduce energy costs to heat and cool your home
- Increase property values
RainScapes is part of the Watershed Restoration effort in Montgomery County.
This map shows the type and general location of the RainScapes Rewards Projects.
These and the Capitol Improvements Projects of the Watershed Restoration Section of the
Watershed Management Division are ways that the county is working to meet our regulatory
requirements and to enhance the quality of the environment in the County.
Learn more about selecting appropriate RainScapes techniques for your property.
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The table below shows some of the techniques that are eligible for RainScapes financial rebates.
Who Can Participate?
- To participate in the RainScapes Program, your property must be located in Montgomery County, outside of the municipal limits of the City of Rockville, City of Takoma Park, or City of Gaithersburg.
- Projects are not eligible if they are associated with permit approval requirements for new building construction, additions, or renovations.
- All participation and eligibility decisions are final and are at the sole discretion of the Department of Environmental Protection.
- Residents of Gaithersburg can participate in the Gaithersburg RainScapes Program.
- Residents of the City of Rockville can participate in the Rockville RainScapes Program.
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