Welcome to the Rain Campaign

We’re glad you’re here.

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!

why your home matters

Residential areas makes 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.

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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.

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. 


Unhealthy lawn? Try soil quality restoration!

Soil quality restoration is a natural lawn care method that helps to green up your lawn while keeping our local waterways clean.

Problems soil quality restoration can fix:

  • Hard, clay soils, & compaction
  • Patchy & Dead Grass
  • Ponding & Drainage issues
  • Hard to mow wet lawns
  • Constant need for watering

Benefits to you and your lawn:

  • Adds nutrients without additional fertilizers
  • Reduces compaction
  • Increases organic matter content
  • Helps your lawn to soak up and store more water

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)