Watershed Wise: Rebate

Watershed Wise-rebate LOGOThe 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 Details

  • 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: jaalfs@sara-tx.org
  • 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.

  1. Watershed Wise Rebate Application
  2. SARA Stormwater BMP Rebate Worksheet
  3. 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:
    1. Property boundary and total area
    2. New impervious areas (eg. parking lot, office building roof, hardscape) and area of each
    3. Proposed drainage watersheds and area of each
    4. Existing and proposed contours with elevation
    5. Hydrologic Soil Group Boundaries and labels
    6. Proposed LID BMPs
    7. 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 jaalfs@sara-tx.org by Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5 PM CST. Include SARA Watershed Wise Rebate in subject line.

Selection Criteria

  • 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.

Eligibility, Types of Construction, and Pricing Limits
Rebate Calculation
Unit Volume Rebate

Opportunities for Additional Rebates

By applying for our rebate, you may also be eligible to apply for a San Antonio Water System (SAWS) rebate.  For residential, please click here. For commercial, please click here.