Clean Rivers DC

Green Infrastructure Solutions

Green Infrastructure Solutions

DC has an antiquated sewer system and it is charging property owners to bring these systems up to the EPA’s current standard. The fees are calculated based on the amount of impervious surface (roof, parking lots, etc) a property has. 

We are working with DC-DOEE and can help reduce your water bill by constructing a “green infrastructure” project on your property at no cost to you. These projects will capture and retain the rain water on your property, allowing it to soak into the ground. The more rain water that you retain, the more your water bill will be reduced.

Your DC Water Bill

There are 2 fees on your DC Water bill that are assessed to help fund cleaner rivers:

This fee goes to DC Water to finance their  Clean Rivers Project. This is a multi-billion dollar, 18 mile sewer tunnel project that is helping to prevent untreated sanitary sewage from being released into our rivers when there is a heavy rainfall.

The Stormwater Fee goes to DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) to finance their programs that divert stormwater (rain water) from the sewer lines that discharge directly into DC Rivers. This fee helps pay for the construction of  “green infrastructure” projects.

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure (GI) refers to any type of construction projects that help retain storm water on a property, and prevent it from flowing into the sewers which, in turn, substantially mitigates the severe environmental harm of sewer overflows being released into DC’s rivers and streams during heavy rainstorms. GI Projects can include:

  • Removing unused parking lots and other paved areas
  • Removing impervious paving and replacing it with permeable pavers
  • Installing green roofs
  • Installing bio-retention ponds
  • Installing underground storm chambers


Our Green Infrastructure projects can make your property eligible for the following discounts:

  • 20% off the Clean Rivers IAC Fee
  • 55% off the DC Govt Stormwater Fee

Our Commitment to You

We at Clean Rivers DC are here to help both the property owner and DC’s rivers. Share with us your DC water bill and we can show you how much money our green infrastructure projects will save you. There is no cost or obligation for you. If we determine your property is a worthy candidate for a green infrastructure project, we will:

  • Work with you to determine an appropriate GI project for your property,
  • Provide a Memorandum of Understanding which will broadly define the Scope Of Work,
  • Provide all necessary engineering, soil boring.
  • Obtain all Permits from DC/DOEE,
  • Construct the Green Infrastructure project – at no cost to you,
  • Obtain final approval from DC, and file all necessary paperwork with DC, including the recordation of an Easement,
  • Maintain the Green Infrastructure facilities at no cost to you.


Agree to;

  1. Sign a Letter of Authorization to allow Clean Rivers DC to work with DC on your behalf,
  2. Sign a Maintenance Agreement to allow Clean Rivers DC to build and maintain the GI project, and
  3. Allow an easement to be recorded for the GI project to be undisturbed and maintained for 15 years.
  1. Soil testing & Engineering: 1-2 months
  2. Certification by DC of the design: 4-6 months
  3. Construction: 1-2 months
  4. Inspection, Approval & Easement Recordation: 1 month

Clean Rivers DC will fund the construction of a GI on your property, which in turn will generate Storm Water Management Credits. Clean Rivers DC will own these credits, and can be sold on the open market.

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