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Becoming a RiverSmart Homeowner

1. Apply.

There are two ways you can apply for enrollment in the RiverSmart Homes program: 

A DDOE auditor will contact you to schedule an audit for your property. Due to high demand, it may be three to five months before you are contacted to schedule your site audit.

2. Have a site audit conducted.

DDOE will conduct audits to assess what features – rain barrels, shade trees, rain gardens, BayScaping, or pervious pavers – are appropriate for your property. A DDOE auditor will come to your home at an appointed time, review the RiverSmart Homes program with you, and ask for a brief tour of your yard. The auditor will measure, take notes, and make recommendations for your property. You must be present at the property during the audit, which takes approximately one hour to complete.

Two to three weeks following the audit, you will receive the auditor’s report for your property. The report will recommend which RiverSmart Homes features can reduce runoff from your property.

3. Let DDOE know what items from the audit you want installed.

After reviewing the report, contact your auditor to let them know what features you would like to have installed on your property. DDOE has partnered with local nonprofits and contractors that will work directly with you to have your features installed. DDOE will pass your information and selected features to the nonprofit or contractor who will coordinate your installation.

4. Have features installed.

The nonprofit or contractor will contact you to arrange your installation. The time at which your copayment is due will vary depending on the installation. For example, the copayment for a rain barrel is due at the time of installation, but the copayment for a tree is due prior to planting.

5. Have a final site visit.

DDOE conducts random site inspections to verify and assess installation and maintenance for 10 percent of all RiverSmart Homes installations. An auditor will give advance notice if your home has been selected for inspection.