Through the Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund, Charles County is improving local streams and waterways and reducing the impact of stormwater. The program is funded through a Stormwater Remediation Fee on your property tax bill but you can get up to a 50% credit by applying approved stormwater management solutions to your property. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to do this is by adding two rain barrels to your property. The rain barrels need to be big enough to collect a combined 110 gallons of rainwater to qualify.
Rain barrels offer a multitude of benefits but the most impactful is reduced stormwater pollution. Rainwater that travels from roofs, streets, and flooded areas carries chemicals, fertilizers, animal waste, and trash into local waterways. Capturing rainwater from your roof can also reduce flooding and erosion and lessen the severity of heavy rainfall on your property. Using water stored in rain barrels can reduce your water bill and using it for your garden and landscaping instead of county water means there’s more available that’s better suited for human use.
Charles County Government and the University of Maryland Extension Program offer Rain Barrel Workshops throughout the year. More information and upcoming events can be found here.