2017 Best Residential BMP

This category recognizes exceptional stormwater BMPs installed on a residential property.

Example projects include: rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, vegetated roofs, conservation landscaping, tree planting, downspout disconnection, soil amendments, and other residential projects. Total investment in a residential BMP should generally be less than $5,000. BMPs installed by homeowners, contractors or watershed groups are eligible (the designer and installer should be identified in the application).

Residential BMPs will be evaluated on their ability to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Effectively treats a substantial portion of runoff from the property
  • Provides aesthetic improvements to property
  • Involves simple maintenance tasks to upkeep
  • Includes unique or creative design features to promote effective practice function
  • Provides additional non-stormwater benefits (i.e., less basement flooding, reduced home energy costs, songbird and pollinator habitat, etc.)

Below you will find information about the winners of the Best Residential BMP category of the 2017 BUBBAs.

To learn more about this year’s winners, check out the project files on our Google Drive account here.

First Place

Jagielski Native Habitat

Jagielski Native Habitat After Planting

Jagielski Native Habitat After Planting

Project Team:

Stephen Linenfelser — Native Restorations, LLC;

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay;

RiverSmart Homes —  District Department of Energy and the Environment

 

This raingarden and conservation landscaping project, located in a hilly neighborhood in the District of Columbia, exhibits notable stormwater management; aesthetic improvements to the property; creation of significant songbird and pollinator habitat; and is transferable throughout the District of Columbia and across the Chesapeake Bay. The highly visible project is also a certified Monarch Waystation, complete with educational signage.

To read a full narrative of the project and view more photos, please visit the project folder on our Google Drive.

Honorable Mention

Mary Ann Russell Rain Garden

Mary Ann Russell Rain Garden After Installation

Mary Ann Russell Rain Garden After Installation

Project Team:

Bona Terra LLC;

Capitol Hardscapes;

Green Spaces for DC;

Casey Trees

 

This project treats approximately 20,000 gallons of stormwater runoff  with the removal of 350 square feet of concrete and the installation of a 100 square feet rain garden, two 132 gallon rain barrels, and twelve shade trees. Furthermore, the installation of these practices have significantly improved the aesthetics of the property.

To read a full narrative of the project and view more photos, please visit the project folder on our Google Drive.

Honorable Mention

Lake Loreine Restoration

Lake Loreine Project After Installation

Lake Loreine Project After Installation

Project Team:

Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program

Sandee Bailey — Homeowner

For this project, Mrs. Bailey installed two Rain Gardens (RG), two Dry Wells (DW), and approximately 3,500 square feet of Conservation Landscaping in the form of Mulched Beds and a large Filter Strip along the edge of Lake Loreine. The project provided substantial habitat and aesthetic improvements in addition to providing increased stormwater treatment.

To read a full narrative of the project and view more photos, please visit the project folder on our Google Drive.