The RainScapes program is now awarding increased Rewards Rebates for residential, commercial and institutional property owners who implement efforts to help control stormwater runoff.
For all pending and future RainScapes projects, the maximum per property Rewards Rebate has been increased to:
The new rebate maximums are three times greater than the previous residential rebate and twice as large as the previous institutional maximum. The new rebate schedule went into effect on October 1 and will include pending projects.
RainScapes is one of the signature water quality programs of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). It offers technical and financial assistance to encourage property owners to install environmentally friendly landscaping solutions that beautify properties and reduce runoff to local streams. RainScapes projects include rain gardens, conservation landscapes, green roofs, permeable pavers, rain barrels and cisterns.
Since the launch of the RainScapes Rewards Rebate Program 11 years ago, 987 rebates have been distributed, totaling $511,481.63. Properties owners who had installed RainScapes and received the maximum rebate under the old threshold, will now be able to add more projects.
“The increased rebates will allow more property owners to take advantage of the benefits of RainScapes and help their communities,” said Patty Bubar, acting director of DEP. “They will be able to build larger gardens and install innovative projects that will ensure that Montgomery County is a leader is community-driven stormwater management.”
RainScapes projects require pre-approval from DEP in order to receive a rebate, except for rain barrel installation projects. Approved projects are expected to be completed within six months. Rebates are awarded based on a final inspection of the project and submittal of receipts.
RainScapes rebates are funded through the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Charge. Once a RainScapes project is installed, residents can apply for a reduction to their property tax bill in the form of a credit for maintaining their project.
More information about the Rainscapes program, including information on how to apply for rebates, is available at rainscapes.org. Information also is available by inquiring via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about a potential tax credit for implementing a Rainscapes project can be found at montgomerycountymd.gov/wqpc.