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April 2021

Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate: 2020 Year in Review

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A property owner proudly displays a Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate yard sign to showcase their new permeable pavement driveway and participation in the program.

To improve our communities and the environment, it will take each of us to do our part! Today, we look at residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland, who are doing their part to keep their communities clean, healthy, and beautiful.

Since 2012, County residents have the opportunity to receive a rebate, or reimbursement, for installing practices that reduce stormwater runoff, reduce pollution, and improve local river health through the County’s Rain Check Rebate Program. The practices include rain barrelscisternsurban tree canopyrain gardenspavement removalpermeable pavement, and green roofs. These practices beautify the property and have additional benefits. For example:

  • installing rain barrels and cisterns reduces water use from the tap and reduces watering costs
  • planting native trees and plants provide food and habitat for important bird and pollinator species
  • removing pavement and replacing it with permeable pavement can reduce standing water on the walkway or driveway

Fiscal Year 2020 By The Numbers

Rebates Awarded
Applications Approved
Rain Barrel & Cistern Projects
Urban Tree Canopy Projects
Rain Garden Projects
Pavement Removal Projects
Permeable Pavement Projects
Sq. Ft. of Impervious Area Treated

The Prince George’s County Department of the Environment partners with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to administer this program. We are excited to announce that Fiscal Year 2020 (July 2019 to June 2020) for the Rain Check Rebate Program was another successful year with 154 approved applications, representing 416 projects, for a total rebate amount of $161,878. These projects help treat 92,928 square feet of impervious surface, which is almost the size of one and a half football fields!

This is a very worthwhile program to help protect our local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. We planted over 15 trees on our property to help reduce stormwater runoff and are looking forward to the increase of beautiful spring flowers and fall foliage to come in our yard. We are very happy we found out about this program!

Jessica and Franklin
Prince George's County Residents

The projects installed through the Rain Check Rebate Program play an important role in keeping our rivers clean and healthy by tackling the issue of stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff occurs when rainwater flows across impervious surfaces such as roofs, parking lots, and roads, that do not allow the water to soak into the ground. As it flows across these surfaces, it can pick up harmful pollutants such as bacteria from pet waste and motor oil from cars. This polluted runoff makes its way into nearby rivers and is harmful to aquatic life and can be a health hazard for people. Fast-moving and high volumes of stormwater runoff can also cause erosion of riverbanks.

Since the program’s inception, we’ve had over 730 approved applications, representing over 1,550 projects, for a total rebate amount of over $680,000.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in the Rain Check Rebate Program throughout the years! Your efforts help keep Prince George’s County beautiful and healthy!

The Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program is currently open and accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Learn More and Apply

Celebrate Earth Day 2021!

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8 Steps You Can Take This Earth Day to Help Mother Nature

Are looking for things to do for Earth Day? Here are a few actions you can take and events you can attend to support the Earth.

1. Take a walk in your neighborhood and pick up trash. 

All it takes is a couple of pairs of gloves and a trash bag to get involved. Look out for sharp and dangerous objects and stay safe!

2. Pick up pet waste! Timely removal keeps waste from washing into waterways and spreading bacteria and parasites.

Why Scoop That Poop

Click the image to learn more about why picking up pet waste is so important!

3. Switch to online billing and go paperless for your household budget.

Imagine how many bills pile up on your desk each year. Switching to e-bills cannot only make your life more efficient but save trees in the process.

4. Make a personal plastic audit.

Check items around your house to fully understand how prevalent plastic is in your life and investigate ways to make simple swaps.

5. Switch out single-use plastic bags for reusable shopping totes.

It is estimated that every year, 300 million plastic bags are put in the Atlantic Ocean. If we all make the change, we can help prevent this pollution.

6. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDS. 

By switching to efficient light bulbs, you can reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year!

7. Contribute to the Chesapeake Bay Trust to help make a powerful investment in the Chesapeake region.

By donating to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, you are contributing to the funding of organizations that help make a powerful environmental impact on the Chesapeake region each year.

8. Attend these Earth Day Events.


The High 5 Initiative – Earth Day Kayak Cleanup:

Sat, April 24, 2021

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Baltimore City Composting Virtual Workshop:

Thurs, Apr. 22nd

10:30 am – 12:00 pm


 Baltimore’s First Annual Zero Waste Day:

Thurs, Apr. 22nd

6:30 – 8:30 pm


Maryland Stream Restoration Association – 2021 Virtual Career Seminar:

Thurs, Apr. 22nd

11:30 am – 1:00 pm




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