Residential Properties

As a Howard County resident, you can make a big impact on reducing stormwater pollution by increasing the amount of surfaces on your property that absorb stormwater runoff. In addition to protecting the environment by reducing runoff, you'll also have the opportunity to reduce your Watershed Protection Fee and/or be reimbursed for your projects. 

We have three residential programs that you can participate in, which are all funded by the Watershed Protection Fee.

CleanScapes:

**Homes must be built before 2003 to be eligible for the program**

Choose from eight different Best Management Practices to install on your property and submit an application for an opportunity to reduce your Watershed Protection Fee and/or be reimbursed for your projects. Anyone can participate in this program, including those who had a rain garden installed through the Columbia Association.  

Rain Gardens for Clean Water:

**Home must be built before 2003 to be eligible for the program**

This is a cost-share program with the County for installation of rain gardens and rain barrels using a County-hired contractor, with the goal to treat impervious surfaces. The program is only available for homeowners outside of Columbia Association parcels. Homeowners pay 25% of the cost and the County pays 75%.

Septic Savers:

The County provides a financial incentive for homeowners to pump their septic systems every 3 years. You will need your invoice showing your system was pumped by a Howard County licensed hauler for a $100 rebate, while funds are available.