As part of Pepco’s environmental stewardship commitment, we joined The Golden Triangle Business Improvement (BID) to break ground on ten new rain gardens and nine expanded tree boxes along 19th Street, N.W. The project will add more than 3,500 square feet of green space, lining two full blocks on one of the most vibrant corridors in the central business district. The rain gardens reduce pollution to waterways by capturing stormwater and naturally filtering it before sending the excess that can’t be soaked up by the soil and plants into the sewer system. The filter capacity is 43,000 gallons of runoff per storm.
“Pepco is committed to providing safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy for our customers and communities,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “This includes partnering on projects and initiatives that reflect our commitment to environmental stewardship and support the betterment of the communities where we live and work. Partnering with the BID’s Gold Is Green program and the installation of the 19th Street Rain Gardens was a natural fit.”
The rain gardens and expanded tree boxes will be added to both sides of 19th Street, N.W. between K and M Streets. They will hug four existing rain gardens located at the corners of 19th and L Streets, installed by the BID in 2014.
The project is made possible through funding from the Golden Triangle BID, EPA, and the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment. Additional support is provided by Rockrose, The Tower Companies, Carr Properties, OTO Development, Wawa and Population Services International.