Waterside Buffer Program

Buffer Up!

Contribute to the health and beauty of Lake Linganore!

Beginning January 1, 2021, residents can again sign up for the Waterside Buffer Rebate Program to encourage plant buffers using attractive garden designs and native plants. These buffers will reduce polluted runoff from entering our lakes and beautify your yard. All homeowners who contribute stormwater runoff to the storm drains, creeks and lakes qualify.

Qualified homeowners can be reimbursed from $300 to $900, based on the number of buffer/ stormwater practices they install and how much they spend as follows:

  • $300 for expenditure up to $3,000. Minimum of one recommended stormwater practice required
  • $600 for expenditure from $3,000 to $6,000. Minimum of two recommended stormwater practices required
  • $900 for expenditure over $6,000. Minimum of three recommended stormwater practices required

Exceptions may apply based on individual circumstances of each landscape.

What is a waterside buffer?

Waterside buffers are strips of vegetation where land meets lake.

Why buffers are important?

Waterside buffers are essential for healthy lakes. They:

  • Absorb excess nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen from natural and human sources,
  • Limit flooding by absorbing storm water runoff,
  • Filter sediment and pollutants from construction runoff,
  • Prevent erosion,
  • Provide shade and nutrients for fish and wildlife,
  • Enhance the beauty of our lakeshore homes, and
  • Are essential to lake protection.

Stormwater landscape practices are critical to lake protection.

These practices are designed to disperse runoff in the yard and keep it out of the storm drain that sends polluted runoff to the lakes. They include:

    • Terracing
    • Check dams with rocks or logs and branches
    • Dry ponds and wells
    • Rain gardens
    • Swales and berms
    • Rain barrels
    • Conservation landscaping
    • Combinations of the above

How to Participate:

  • Set up a yard evaluation with Erin Johnson (buffer.lakelinganore@gmail.com)
  • Submit “before” photos, a plan, and proposed plants list
  • Download and submit your application
  • Include an LLA landscape change application with it, no fee required
  • Once approved, you have six months to build your buffer area
  • Erin Johnson will review your project to see that it meets the recommended best practices
  • Send in your “after” photos and receipts to receive your rebate.