“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Logan Circle Cistern and BayScape

A Tool for Stormwater Management

Logan Circle Cistern and BayScape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 2, 2017
1. Logan Circle Cistern and BayScape Marker
Stormwater runoff is rainwater that flows off impervious surfaces such as rooftops, and sidewalks. Stormwater runoff causes erosion in stream beds and displaces harmful pollutants such as oil, is capturing stormwater runoff that would otherwise run directly into the Anacostia River.

The Logan Circle Condominium cistern was completed in June of 2012. This 440 gallon cistern captures runoff from 550 square feet of rooftop. This water is used to irrigate the 850 square foot BayScape garden area. With an average annual precipitation of 42 inches, this District of Columbia BayScape and cistern will both capture around 27,270 gallons of stormwater each year. The garden is planted with native plants which tolerate both times of concentrated water and periods of drought. The plants also attract native wildlife such as butterflies and birds.

• Rain collected from the roof. Flows into the cistern
• Water captured by the cistern provides a source of chemically untreated water to be used for the garden or other uses
• This cistern holds onto rainwater which decreases, runoff, resulting in less riverbank erosion
• Native plants create natural habitat for butterflies and birds

The RiverSmart Communities Program
The RiverSmart Communities program provides financial and technical
Logan Circle Cistern and BayScape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 2, 2017
2. Logan Circle Cistern and BayScape Marker
assistance to commercial properties, embassies, houses of worship, property owners, residents and managers of multi-family residential housing, small businesses, and Universities. This program helps to install stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to better manage stormwater runoff to prevent it from entering our streams and waterways.

To apply visit or call (202) 654-6131 for more information.

Sustainable Landscaping
Native plants provide wildlife habitat and reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides. These plants also require less maintenance and less watering. The principles of sustainable garden design have been applied in many other regions, and are referred to by a variety of terms including "BayScaping" or "conservation landscaping."

Fragrant Sumac
Rhus aromatic

Mount Airy Fothergilla
Fothergilla 'Mount Airy'

Butterfly weed
Asclepias tuberosa

Blue Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Wild Blue Indigo
Baptista australis

American Yellowwood
Cladrastis kentukea

This bioretention feature and sign were made possible with funds from the District Department of the Environment through a program administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

District Department of the Environment
green forward
Erected by District Department of the Environment.
Location. 38° 54.763′ N, 77° 1.764′ W. Marker is in Logan Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of R Street NW and 13th Street NW, on the right when traveling west on R Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alain Locke Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); “Contraband” to Community (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vermont Avenue Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence (about 600 feet away); Like a Village (about 700 feet away); Logan Circle, Just Ahead (about 700 feet away); John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (about 800 feet away); Washington Afro-American Newspaper Office Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan Circle.
Also see . . .  RiverSmart Communities. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Categories. EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement We are suspending advertising until they remove an ad for a certain book from circulation. A word in the book’s title has given rise to number of complaints. The word is inappropriate in school classroom settings.