Welcome to the Rain Campaign

We’re glad you’re here.

Why We’re Here

The Problem

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 across the Des Moines metro and other urban areas in Iowa.

Why your home matters

Residential areas make up a large portion of our community. By more effectively managing water in these areas, we can make a positive difference for our local watersheds decreasing flash flooding and improving water quality.


By utilizing Rainscaping practices at your home you can help us make our community less like an umbrella and more like a sponge to let water naturally soak into the ground preventing flooding and protecting water quality.

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

Funding Resources

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.

Across Iowa, other cities, counties, and watershed projects have funding available to support stormwater best management practices.

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.

Since we launched the Rain Campaign in fall 2019, residents of our community have installed many Rainscaping projects across the Des Moines metro. Will you be next?


Rain Gardens


Rain Barrels


Soil Quality Restorations


Native Planting Projects

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.