RiverSmart Washington Tour:
Quantifying the Benefits of Widespread Small-Scale Runoff Management Techniques

5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013   (annual business meeting and dinner follows tour)


The RiverSmart Washington project aims to measure how well intensive use of rain gardens, green roofs and other small-scale "green" techniques can reduce storm water runoff from a neighborhood. Steve Saari, DDOE Watershed Protection Specialist, will lead a tour of a sewershed in the District's Pentworth neighborhood, which serves as one of the project's two pilot areas. He will discuss the project design, the runoff management tthat will be used in the project and the potential impact on future District programs.

The project is being conducted by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Rock Creek Conservancy, DC Water, LimnoTech, and Casey Trees.

DDOE is evaluating the runoff reduction predictions of a "Green Build Out Model" in two distinct sewersheds which will be blanketed with multiple small-scale runoff management techniques. Stormwater runoff from each of these pilot areas will be measured before and after the techniques are in place, and also compared to a control site. If the project is successful, these techniques may be expanded throughout the District to benefit all streams and rivers. To learn more, go to the RiverSmart Washington webpage

Steve Saari, DDOE Watershed Protection Specialist, will lead a tour of a sewershed in the District's Petworth neighborhood.

Brian Busiek, LimnoTech Senior Project Engineer, will discuss the Green Build Out Model and the design and implementation of the monitoring component of the project.


Click here for event flyer .


5:00 pm: Meet outside the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro Station (Green/Yellow Line), on the corner of New Hampshire and Georgia Avenues. We will proceed north along Georgia Avenue and view new DDOT green streetscape measures along the way.

5:30 pm: Gather at the Petworth Library (at the corner of Georgia, Kansas, and Iowa Avenues) and hear an overview of the project. Parking is available here, and latecomers can meet us at this point.

5:45 pm: Tour the Petworth pilot area.

7:00 pm: Annual AWRA-NCR Business Meeting and Dinner at Domku Bar & Café (near Petworth Library).


Georgia Ave / Petworth Metro Station (New Hampshire & Georgia Ave)


Registration fees (does not include optional dinner):

$ 5 - members

$ 10 - non-members

$5 - students

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