Montgomery County helps its property owners become more Bay-friendly in lots of ways – including educating its residents and providing MONEY for needed improvements. And coming up soon is some excellent training in what they’re calling “rainscapes,” to be held March 9 and 10 at Brookside Gardens. The training session will help individuals, businesses, organizations and homeowners identify steps they can take to filter and reduce runoff from impervious surfaces. Churches and businesses with large asphalt parking lots, take note!
Two separate Rainscape trainings will be held March 9 and 10, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. both days, at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. The workshop will provide an introduction to Montgomery County watershed and stream health issues, and discuss the types of projects that are offered through the RainScapes program, followed by a hands-on training about rain gardens.
Each attendee will receive a topographic map of his/her property, and will participate in an individual consultation with an expert in rainscaping to identify specific projects that would reduce storm water run-off from the property.The cost of the training is only $10. Property owners need only attend one training session.
Now about the financial help in making these changes. Montgomery County’s Rainscapes Program offers rebates of up to $5,000 for commercial and institutional property owners and $1,200 for homeowners to install rainscapes projects on their properties. These are typically low-cost, small-scale projects. Benefits of rainscapes projects include reduced water usage during droughts (thus reduced water bills), reduced energy costs, increased property values, improved water and air quality, enhanced wildlife habitat, and reduced storm water run-off. For more information contact John Brill on the Silver Spring Green Program Committee, who can help with questions, registration, etc.