Directory of Residential BMP Assistance Programs

Table below is from Appendix D of the Homeowner Guide For a More Bay-Friendly Property.

The following is a list of programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that provide technical (T), financial (F) or other (O) types of assistance to homeowners installing stewardship practices on their residential property. Since several of the programs provide assistance on a watershed basis, multiple communities may benefit from a particular program and so the programs have been grouped geographically rather than alphabetically.


Organization Name of Program Website Type of Assistance
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Riverwise Communities
Blue Water Baltimore Blue Water Audit
Baltimore County Environmental Protection and Sustainability Stormwater  Retrofit Management Program
Gunpowder Conservancy Clear Creeks Project
Pretty Boy Watershed Alliance
Frederick County Sustainability Office Green Homes Challenge, Green Leader
Frederick County Sustainability Office Neighborhood Green  
Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance
City of Gaithersburg RainScapes Rewards
City of Rockville RainScapes Rewards
Montgomery County DEP RainScapes Rewards
Anacostia Watershed Society
National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy
Prince George’s County Department of the Environment
Howard County Government Clean Water Howard
Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy
Midshore RiverKeeper Conservancy
Chester River Association
Corsica River Conservancy
Sassafras River Association
Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy
Anne Arundel County WERS
South River Federation
Severn River Association
West Rhode RiverKeeper
RainScaping Campaign
University of Maryland SeaGrant Extension Watershed Restoration Specialists
University of Maryland Extension Bay-Wise Certification Program
Bay-wise Master Gardeners Bay-wise Yard Visits
Local Watershed Groups
District of Columbia
National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy
District DDOE RiverSmart Homes
Conewago Creek Watershed Conewago Creek Initiative
Little Conestoga Partnership
Blair Conservation District
Altoona, PA
Lynchburg, VA Residential Credit Program
James River Association River Hero Homes
Elizabeth River Project River Star Homes
Richmond, VA Residential Credit
Arlington, VA StormwaterWise
Lynnhaven River Now Pearl Homes
Friends of the Rappahannock Rainscape Retrofits
James City County Clean Water Heritage Program
Reedy Creek Coalition
City of Fredericksburg
Chesterfield County
Master Gardeners of Virginia

Homeowner Guide For a More Bay-Friendly Property

This guide presents a step by step approach for analyzing your property to find out whether it makes sense to install a rain garden or other residential stewardship practices. We then take you through the design and installation of several of the homeowner practices, so that you can install them on your own. Many Bay communities offer technical and financial assistance to help you install stewardship practices on your lot. Check out Appendix D for a list of links to these programs.

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