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RainScapes Neighborhood: Town of Garrett Park

 

The Town of Garrett Park is located in the Rock Creek Watershed and dates back to the turn of the 19th century. It has been designated as an "Arboretum" town for its focus on protecting and maintaining the mature tree canopy, and preserving the local environment. Preserving mature canopy is a significant step in the process of slowing stormwater runoff and an important part of the Town's environmental stewardship.

 

 

The community has very little existing drainage infrastructure, and very limited runoff management, so that much of the storm flow paths meander through the neighborhood from lot to lot. The community has been actively engaged in seeking solutions to their drainage issues. 

While providing many benefits, the extensive tree canopy in the public Right-of-Way limits the potential for Green Streets.  This means that the focus for improving the drainage needs to be on private properties.  

The community was identified as having good potential for RainScape approaches to managing stormwater based on the active neighborhood communication and leadership.  The Town has engaged residents who encourage voluntary participation to implement projects on private property, adequate lot sizes, a lack of stormwater treatment and drainage infrastructure in the community, and stream restoration activities in adjacent tributaries to Rock Creek.

The Town's Environment Committee sponsors ongoing environmental activities and actively supports RainScapes efforts in the neighborhood. 

 

Neighborhood Goal

The community consists of 380 households, and several Town properties including a Nursery School and pool. The household participation goal for installing RainScapes projects on residential lots for the Town of Garrett Park is from 38 to 114 homes. This is based on RainScapes being installed on 10% - 30% of the homes in the neighborhood. Currently 5% of the properties have RainScapes, with 20 projects installed, including one project on Town property. 

 

Town of Garrett Park Neighborhood Project Map

The following map shows all the current and completed projects that fall within the Town of Garrett Park Neighborhood boundary.  (Please click the double arrow at the top of the map to see the legend)

 

 

RainScapes Neighborhood Process

The RainScapes Program in the Town of Garrett Park will provide a RainScapes site assessment consultation for homeowners upon request, to identify the most suitable projects for a given property, followed by technical support for homeowners to implement a project through the RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program. This enhanced level of support of providing site assessment service is anticipated to continue until the participation goal of 10% of properties having an installed project is reached.

 

Site Assessment and Design

Residents who choose to participate in the RainScapes Program are scheduled for a site assessment field visit on their property. At this field meeting, DEP staff or our consultant meets with homeowners to assess the nature of stormwater drainage on and around the property, and where and how it could be treated on-site using a RainScapes project(s).

Based on the outcome of the field meeting, DEP staff will provide a written site assessment with recommendations for a range of RainScapes projects that could be eligible for rebate funding for a person's property, identifying the best choice(s) for runoff management. The RainScapes Site Assessment does not obligate the property owner to any subsequent activities and is a free service provided by the Department of Environmental Protection.

To apply for  a RainScapes Rewards Rebate, the homeowner needs to decide which project(s) they would like to do then submit an online application for each project chosen.

All planting projects require a scaled drawing with a planting plan and plant list and must receive project approval PRIOR TO beginning installation. For other project requirements, check here.

DEP RainScapes staff provide technical assistance through the design review process to ensure the project is designed and installed to function as intended. After the installed project passes final inspection, the homeowner submits receipts for eligible expanses for reimbursement, which typically takes 4 to 6 weeks for processing the rebate reimbursement check. RainScapes projects are maintained by the homeowner and will be re-verified with prior notification every three years by RainScapes staff or our consultant, to ensure that they are still functioning as intended. 

 

Outreach and Workshop Materials

2016 Town of Garrett Park Public Meeting PowerPoint (PDF, 19.31MB)

 

How Can I Participate in the Garrett Park RainScapes Program?

Option One: Request a Site Assessment - Scheduling to begin June 2016

If you are interested in scheduling a RainScapes Site Assessment for your property, contact DEP at rainscapes@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7702 and indicate you are in the Town of Garrett Park. Please leave your name, address and contact information and we will get in touch with you to set up a site assessment appointment for your property. 

Click here to see an example of RainScapes Site Assessment Report (PDF, 2.63MB)

You may also go directly to RainScapes Rewards Rebate application site if you already have a project idea and location in mind for a project. The application process will initiate scheduling a site visit with RainScapes staff to look at your property with you and to discuss your desired project. 

 

Option Two: Add Your Existing Runoff Reduction Project to the Map

If you have already taken steps to "RainScapes" your property and reduce your rainfall runoff footprint but did not participate in the RainScapes Rewards program, please let us know by sending a photo and description, along with the address of your project to Rainscapes@montgomerycountymd.gov. We are tracking the Neighborhood's runoff reduction progress!

You may also be interested to know, that you could be eligible for a WQPC credit through the DEP Water Quality Protection Charge Credit Program. Use the above link to find out if you are eligible and learn how to apply for a reduction in the annual fee (WQPC) paid on your property tax bill.

 

Questions

For questions about the Town of Garrett Park RainScapes initiative, please contact Pamela Rowe, RainScapes Planner, at  pamela.rowe@montgomerycountymd.gov  Or

RainScapes Helpdesk:   Rainscapes@montgomerycountymd.gov; 240-777-7702

 

 
 
 
 
 
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