Joe wrote a very informative article a while back about the Riversmart program. We thought we would follow-up with a real-world example of the program at work. Meet Mary and Greg, a Brookland couple that really took advantage of the program, getting a new raingarden, a rain barrel and six trees! The photos above show their raingarden back then and now, it has really flourished. Not only does the raingarden collect, store, and absorb stormwater runoff in its soil, it is much easier to maintain than regular gardens. Just think - no mowing, pesticides, pruning, or fertilization! Raingardens also require minimal watering by their very nature, therefore cost less to maintain. Mary and Greg applied online here in March 2010. By June, a program manager came out and toured their yard with them. The rain barrel was installed that same month and the trees and rain garden were completed in October 2010. Greg told us that “the co-pays are modest so it’s a great deal”. Here is the breakdown of co-payments, they really do offer significant savings:
- Shade Trees = $50
- Rain Barrels = $30
- BayScaping (native plants) = $100
- Rain Gardens = $75
- Pervious Pavers = DDOE will pay the difference (up to $1,200) between conventional pavement (concrete) and pervious pavers.
Greg added, “the program partners, Casey Trees and Greenworks, were staffed with young, friendly, motivated employees. Overall, we’re very happy with the experience and always encourage our friends and neighbors to investigate it.” Way to go Mary and Greg!