///Reducing Stormwater Runoff

Reducing Stormwater Runoff

We are working to help communities reduce the polluted runoff that enters local waterways and use green infrastructure and innovative practices that mimic natural ecosystems processes to improve water quality. Our partnerships and projects focus on community-based efforts that engage local residents and help to train and educate local officials, contractors, and stormwater practitioners.

Reduce Stormwater Runoff

The Chesapeake RiverWise Communities Program enables citizens and businesses in Richmond, VA and Harrisburg, PA to reduce stormwater runoff by making important changes to how they manage their properties, including the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavement, BayScapes, and planting of trees.

Riverwise Congregations

There are thousands of houses of worship in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and all contribute to the stormwater runoff into our streams, rivers, and the Bay. The RiverWise Congregations program works to engage these institutions in work of reducing stormwater runoff by conducting outreach, listening to the needs of the congregation, and working together to install rain gardens and rain barrels on their houses of worship properties.

RiverSmart Homes

The RiverSmart Homes Program, created and overseen by the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), is a community engagement initiative striving to reduce stormwater runoff from residential properties in the District of Columbia.


Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth (READY) is a program working to create green jobs for young adults (16 to 24 years old) while improving watershed health through the reduction of stormwater runoff and providing additional environmental protection services.

Richmond Greening the Capitol

Starting in 2008, the Alliance has been partnering with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Virginia Department of General Services, and the City of Richmond to “Green Virginia’s Capitol.” The project’s goal is to reduce stormwater pollution, specifically nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment that is carried to rivers and streams during storm events.

Online Yard Design Tool

The Alliance created our online Yard Design Tool to help property owners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed create personalized planting plans for their properties. This step-by-step, user-friendly tool walks homeowners through a series of questions about their yards and the type of garden they would like to plant to help them create yards that are Bay watershed-friendly.