Why are there holes in this umbrella?
Like an umbrella, our built environment sheds water instead of allowing it to naturally soak into the ground leading to flooding and water quality problems.
the good news
You can make a difference. By implementing “Rainscaping” practices at your home you can help our city be less like an umbrella and more like a sponge to reduce stormwater runoff and improve local water quality. Plus, there are funding resources available to help you!
What You Can Do at Home
You can be a part of local water quality improvements by implementing Rainscaping practices at your home
Types of Rainscaping Practices
- Rain Barrels
- Soil Quality Restoration
- Rain Garden
- Permeable Pavement
- Native Landscaping
- Downspout Redirect
Problems addressed by Rainscaping solutions
- Patchy & Brown Grass
- Drainage & Ponding Issues
- Neighborhood Drainage issues
- Local Water Quality
- Community Flooding
- + others
To achieve goals of better stormwater management and improved local water quality, cities across the Des Moines Metro have created funding programs for the residents to make it easier for them to be a part of these water solutions.
Find a Landscaper
We’ve identified a network of trained landscapers and contractors who are familiar with Rainscaping practices and local funding programs to make your search for local help easy.
The Rain Campaign
A local movement enabling people to protect water
The rain campaign is a localized effort across the Des Moines Metro to enable you to be a part of the solution towards better managing stormwater runoff to improve local water quality through the utilization of municipal cost-share programs.
The Quarantine 12-Pack
Providing a safe & fun way to garden this season
Join the Rain Campaign and get Iowa native plants delivered straight to your front door!
As a special offer, the first 200 orders will be only $40! (regular price $65.00)
Try Soil Quality Restoration
Soil quality restroation is a natural lawn care method that gets at the root cause of poor lawns – unhealthy soil. Soil quality restoration uses the process of deeply aerating your lawn and using compost to increase organic matter providing nutrients your grass needs. The process decompacts your lawn helping to store water in the soil reducing ponding and drainage issues.
Step 1: Aeration
Step 2: Add Compost
Step 3: Healthier Lawn
Join the #RainCampaign & improve local water quality