Revenue from the Bag Law is deposited into the Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund, a special purpose fund managed by DDOE. The moneys deposited into the fund are used to implement watershed education programs, stream restoration, trash collection projects, and to purchase and distribute reusable bags. Here are just a few of the exciting projects being implemented with funds from the Bag Law:
- Trash Collection: In 2011 and 2012, two Bandalongs™ trash traps were installed in the District’s portion of the Anacostia watershed. To put this into perspective, a Bandalong™ trash trap, which was installed in 2009 at the mouth of Watts Branch in Ward 7, collects approximately three tons of trash per yearbefore it reaches the Anacostia River.
- Education/Outreach: In 2011, DDOE partnered with a local non-profit to develop a pilot anti-littering campaign in Ward 7. The campaign is now being implemented District-wide.
- Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE): DDOE has the responsibility of providing a “meaningful watershed education experience” (MWEE) related to a stream or the Chesapeake Bay for students in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) before high school graduation. Through a DDOE grant, the Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (LC-NCR) will engage third, fourth and fifth grade classes in hands-on, educational experiences, linking the students to the Potomac River, Anacostia River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Over the two year grant period, LC-NCR will work with 18 classes from DC Public Schools located in Wards 7 and 8, reaching approximately 180 students.
- Stream Restoration: The restoration of Nash Run, a non-tidal tributary in the Ward 7 upper Anacostia watershed will include natural channel design to assist with habitat improvement and pollutant removal from receiving waters downstream. A large trash capture device will also be installed at the head of the restored reach.
- RiverSmart Homes: This program offers technical and financial assistance to homeowners that wish to control the amount of stormwater pollution leaving their properties. Homeowners in the District of Columbia are eligible to receive up to $1,200 to install a rain garden, BayScape, or permeable pavement. In addition to this grant, RiverSmart Homes offers rain barrels and shade trees.
- Green Roof Subsidy Program: Green roofs hold and delay rainfall, effectively preventing rainwater from becoming stormwater and reducing combined sewer overflow events. In addition, green roofs filter air pollutants from the rainwater, save energy in buildings, and help to reduce the urban heat island effect. DDOE’s Green roof rebate program provides base funding of $5 per square feet for the installation of a green roof for residents and building owners in the District. The program funds green roofs of any size, including roofs atop buildings, garages, sheds as well as other structures. To date, the program has funded several types of roofs from 200 square feet to 25,000 square feet. Applicants should file the necessary paperwork with the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) to be added to the queue.