Online Yard Design Tool
The design tool is part of the Alliance’s “Reduce Your Stormwater” project, which educates citizens about stormwater pollution and inspires them to take action. The Reduce Your Stormwater website contains a wealth of information on steps anyone can take in their daily lives or on their properties to reduce stormwater. Steps range from cleaning up after your pet, to installing a rain barrel, to using pervious pavers instead of asphalt or concrete. Planting a Conservation Landscape or Rain Garden helps by soaking up stormwater, filtering the air and water, requiring less fertilizers and pesticides, and attracting wildlife.
The tool is designed for use by anyone in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. However, homeowners in two sub-watersheds (the Yellow Breeches watershed in Pennsylvania and the Middle James River watershed in Virginia) may be eligible to receive up to 80% off planting materials for their gardens after using the tool. Visit the tool to find out if you live in either of these watersheds. Whether or not you do, we hope you enjoy designing a beautiful native garden for your yard! You’ll be making a difference not only for yourself, but for your local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.