Climate Ready DC Plan
advocacy-works-climate-ready-dc CLIMATE READY DC


During intense rainstorms — which are happening more and more often — water rushes over paved surfaces, picking up trash, oil, pesticides and other pollutants that flush into storm-drain systems. Each year, 3 billion gallons of polluted water flows into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, eventually making its way to the Chesapeake Bay. Even worse, when stormwater and sewer systems are combined big storms can cause overflows that send raw sewage into nearby waterways.

Action 1

Plant trees in raingardens to absorb even more stormwater

Action 2

Plant shade trees to keep homes and buildings cool

Action 3

Keep street tree boxes filled to shade pavement

Action 4

Plant trees along riverbanks to keep soil stable during floods