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Green Infrastructure Plan

A hybrid approach that blends the best of gray and green infrastructure controls.

DC Water invites you to learn about the next exciting Green Infrastructure project in the District!

DC Water is excited to announce the next green infrastructure project in the Rock Creek sewershed, Rock Creek Project B. Construction will begin in early 2022 and will manage 1.2 inches of rain over 22 impervious acres in the Rock Creek Sewershed. 

Click here for more information on Rock Creek Project B including proposed project locations of alley permeable pavement and bioretention sites.

Completed Clean Rivers Project

The map below displays DC Water's Clean Rivers Project upon completion in 2030.

DC Water's Green Infrastructure By The Numbers

  • Number of impervious acres managed to date: 103
  • Number of impervious acres to be managed by Rock Creek Project B: 22
  • Minimum number of impervious acres to be managed by 2030: 167

What is Green Infrastructure?

GI is an approach to managing stormwater runoff that takes advantage of natural processes such as infiltration and evapotranspiration, to slow down, clean and in some cases reuse stormwater to keep it from overwhelming sewer systems and polluting waterways.  The goal of GI is to mimic the natural environment through the use of plants, trees and other measures.

Types of GI include:

  • Roof Top Collection Practices: rain barrels, cisterns, green roofs, blue roofs
  • Permeable Pavements: porous asphalt, pervious concrete, permeable pavers
  • Bioretention: tree boxes, rain gardens, vegetated filter strips, bioswales

See the figure below to see how these processes work.

Types of Green Infrastructure in an Urban Setting (click to enlarge)

Benefits of Green Infrastructure

In addition to the control of stormwater, GI technologies like permeable pavement and bioretention provide other benefits to the community.

Site Level Stormwater Management.  GI provides water quality benefits as soon as installation begins. The GI and other improvements have allowed the District to enjoy water quality and environmental and social benefits beginning in 2017.

Triple Bottom Line Benefits.  GI offers environmental, social, and economic benefits that would not be realized under the previous plan. GI can increase property values, beautify neighborhoods, cool extreme summer temperatures, support natural habitats, enhance public space and support local green jobs.

Jobs.  DC Water has established an ambitious local jobs program that includes training and certification opportunities for District residents interested in GI construction, inspection and maintenance jobs.  The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP.org) has trained and certified the first group of individuals.  DC Water has established a goal to have 51% of new jobs created by the GI project to be filled by District residents. DC Water has also engaged professional service firms and contractors based in the District to perform work associated with GI.