The San Antonio River Authority is currently accepting applications for the Watershed Wise Rebate Program. This program rebates construction of on-site stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to either new construction or retrofitting on property. The rebate program is available in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties. BMPs must be designed using SARA’s San Antonio River Basin Low Impact Development Technical Guidance Manual (SARB LID Technical Manual). In order to apply, projects need to have a minimum reimbursement request of $15,000 and a maximum of $100,000. Unit volume rebate amount is dependent on the BMP type. The applications deadline is January 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.
- Rebate limits per project: Minimum $15,000, Maximum $100,000
- No limit on number of BMPs per project
- Limit of one application per project
- Rebate only for construction of BMPs according to SARB LID Technical Manual
- BMPs must use design process from SARB LID Technical Manual
- Rebate is proportional to runoff volume from 1.5” storm (refer to BMP Example 1 and BMP Example 2)
- Rebate is calculated, based on unit rates (refer to Unit Volume Rebate and Unit Area Rebate)
- Open to public, private or environmental non-profit projects in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes or Goliad counties.
- Application is due Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5PM CST via email: email@example.com
- Application must meet selection criteria on % treated volume, project visibility, confidence and design details.
- Rebate Agreement is required which covers operations and maintenance
- Rebate funds are issued after two-step verification: Construction Documents and Project Completion Inspection.
- The San Antonio River Authority reserves the right to correct rebate calculation errors if they occur.
- Project must be complete by June 30, 2018.
The application consists of three parts. All three parts must be submitted in order for your application to be complete, and reviewed by SARA.
- Watershed Wise Rebate Application
- SARA Stormwater BMP Rebate Worksheet
- Project Map and Cross-section Details
- Complete the Watershed Wise Rebate Application. All questions must be answered.
- Research LID and BMPs from the SARB LID Technical Guidance Manual
- Use the SARB LID Technical Manual to develop an LID-based site plan (refer to pg.11 of manual)
- Use the SARB LID Technical Manual to select, size and place LID BMPs
- Develop a project map including the following:
- Property boundary and total area
- New impervious areas (eg. parking lot, office building roof, hardscape) and area of each
- Proposed drainage watersheds and area of each
- Existing and proposed contours with elevation
- Hydrologic Soil Group Boundaries and labels
- Proposed LID BMPs
- Flowpaths to BMPs
- Draw a cross-section with dimensions for each volume based BMP in your design to show construction details
- Complete SARA Stormwater BMP Rebate Worksheet.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to communicate the BMP design intent, show calculations for target volume and treatment volume and show how BMP design details support the BMP footprint. Only complete designs will be accepted and reviewed.
- Submit the application, project map, cross-section details and worksheet to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5 PM CST. Include SARA Watershed Wise Rebate in subject line.
- Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- At least 60% of the runoff from all impervious areas are treated by BMPs.
- Project visibility: open access and good exposure as pilot project
- Project confidence: likelihood of completing on-time and as designed
- Design details: clear site analysis and design details
- All applicants will be contacted to coordinate project timeline and design details.
- Projects will be assessed, rebate amounts calculated and awarded in the order they are received.
Eligible parties include:
- Design Professionals
- Government Entities
- Neighborhood Associations
- Environmental Non-Profits
Types of eligible construction include:
- Right of way
- Neighborhood common space
- Minimum monetary amount of reimbursement: $15,000
- Maximum monetary amount of reimbursement: $100,000
If Treated Volume is less than Target Volume:
Rebate = (Treated Volume/Target Volume) x Unit Volume Rebate x *Treated Volume [BMP Example 1]
- *Treated Volume is the volume of treated stormwater based on BMP design details.
- Target Volume is the volume of stormwater from a 1.5” storm generated by impervious area and flowing to the specific BMP
- (Treated Volume)/(Target Volume) = Percentage of target volume from 1.5” storm
If Treated Volume is greater than or equal to Target Volume:
Rebate = Unit Volume Rebate x *Treated Volume [BMP Example 2]
*Treated Volume limited to 2x Target Volume
Selected BMP rebates are based on area. [Unit Are Rebate]
Q: Is the area of a permeable pavement used to calculate target volume?
A: Yes, the area of permeable pavement is used in the calculation of target volume.
Q: How much area can I drain to permeable parking?
A: Permeable parking is subject to a drainage area restriction. The drainage area is limited to 1:1. Over treatment is still possible up to 2x target volume.
Q: Can we receive a rebate for a permeable pavement that does not have any stormwater flowing onto it, either from a building or other impervious surface?
A: Yes, however the target volume is calculated only using the area of the permeable pavement and the treated volume is limited to 2x the target volume.
Q: Does our private school qualify for the rebate?
A: Yes, the Waterwise rebate program is open to all development in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties for low impact development that meets the guidelines on the application form.
Q: How is the application evaluated?
A: Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- Project must treat at least 60% of the runoff from all impervious surfaces using BMPs.
- Project has open access and good exposure to serve as pilot project.
- The project is likely to be completed on-time and as designed.
- Site analysis and design details are clear.
Q: We are in the process of building a school; does it qualify for the rebate?
A: Yes, as long as the school is in one of the four counties and the project will be completed by June 30, 2017
Q: We have an event planned for this area and will not be able to complete construction by the end of June 2017. Can we change the project end date?
A: No, the project end date is set by the fiscal year of SARA.
Q: When do we receive the rebate funds?
A: Rebate funds are paid after construction documents containing BMPs are approved and inspection during construction show that BMP was built and functions according to construction documents.
Q: Are our answers limited to the space provided on the application form, or can we attach additional pages?
A: No, the answers are not limited to space provided. The form textbox will grow to accommodate your entire description. If you are submitting a written application, please attach additional pages as needed.
Q: Can we include architectural plans and maps as part of the photos that we will submit with the application?
A: Yes, include as much information as possible to illustrate the site and potential designs.
Q: I know your schedule is busy, but I was hoping that you could find a few minutes to stop by our project. Can you help with our application?
A: General questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Q: I would like to bring in a specialist, a water engineer perhaps. Would you be able to recommend someone or even send someone out to meet with me?
A: You are encouraged to seek professional assistance when applying for the rebate; however it is your responsibility to contact the professional(s).
Q: I am a design professional. I have questions about the rebate and need assistance. Would you mind calling me?
A: Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We answer questions as quickly as possible. In order to keep the rebate process fair, we do not comment on design ideas or give professional opinions on potential designs.
Q: I need assistance to calculate the treated volume for a BMP in my project. Can you help calculate the treated volume of stormwater?
A: Please refer to the SARB LID Technical Guidance Manual for calculation of treated volume for each BMP type.