New Water Quality Incentives Pilot Program
Get paid to make your property more sustainable and improve local water quality!
Environmental Incentives, with the support of the County of San Diego, is offering a limited number of rebates to residents of the Unincorporated Areas of San Diego County to make improvements on their property to reduce the stormwater and irrigation runoff during rainy and dry weather that can pollute our streams and beaches.
We are offering 4 different rebates at this time and have a limited number available for this pilot project. Please fill out the interest form below and we will reach out to you. To learn more about each rebate, read the descriptions below. If you have any questions, please send Eleonore an email at [email protected]
Sustainable Landscape Buffer Strip & Parking Lot Planters
To install a sustainable landscape buffer strip, remove turf grass at the edge of a grassy area that is next to pavement and replace it with sustainable landscaping to create a space between remaining lawn and paved areas.
For sustainable parking lot planters, replace grass in the planter with sustainable landscaping. Water quality benefits from turf replacements are increased on parking lots due to the presence of additional oil and chemicals.
Benefits of buffer strips and planters:
- Stop overirrigation from broken or leaking sprinklers from entering the storm drain system.
- Save water, reduce operational costs and avoid fines
- Support corporate sustainability objectives
- Replace grass with beautiful landscaping and increase worker productivity
This rebate is available for commercial properties, including HOAs, Golf Courses, Schools, Retail Businesses, Mobile Home Parks. The program offers $6/sqft of turf removed for buffer strips. Parking lot planters are rebated at $4/sqft of sustainable landscaping installed.
Downspout Flow Improvements
To disconnect your downspout, you separate the end of your downspout from a standpipe or its existing pathway and redirect it towards existing landscaping so that the rainwater is not carried over paved surfaces to the storm drain system.
Benefits of disconnecting your downspout:
- Keep pollutants out of local waterways, keeping them clean and safe for recreation and wildlife.
This rebate is available for commercial properties, including HOAs, Golf Courses, Schools, Retail Businesses, Mobile Home Parks. The program offers around $400 per downspout on a commercial property.
Installing permeable pavement involves removing existing concrete or pavement and replacing it with permeable interlocking pavers or other pervious surfaces to allow stormwater to soak into the underlying ground.
Benefits of Permeable Pavement:
- Keep oil, bacteria, dirt and lawn chemicals out of local streams and beaches.
- Meet corporate sustainability targets
- Reduce operational costs through proper maintenance
- Improve worker productivity
- Increase property values
Permeable pavement must be in parking lot areas with low speed traffic, such as parking spaces, walkways, and gutters.
This rebate is available for parking lots of commercial properties, including HOAs, Golf Courses, Schools, Retail Businesses, Mobile Home Parks. The program offers $11.25/sqft of pavement converted.