Stormwater Management
The Problem

When homes are built the standard developmental process includes site grading and a stripping of topsoil. Through the grading process heavy equipment is used resulting in severe compaction of the soil. This compaction will increase the runoff of rainwater from your property, picking up any pollutants in your yard along the way. The runoff then enters storm drains on the street and gets sent untreated to local creeks and streams.


The Solution

There are several things a homeowner can do to reverse compaction and prevent runoff pollution see below… 


Soil Quality Restoration

This is an easy process that any homeowner can do. It involves aerating your lawn and then applying a layer of compost on top. The compost will rebuild the soil resulting in improved lawn health and less watering.

Rain Barrel

This is an easy way to lower your water bill and help reduce runoff at the same time. With rain barrels you are able to capture a small amount of rooftop runoff and recycle the water for watering flowers or your garden.

Rain Garden

This is a great way capture larger amounts of runoff and utilize native plants to decorate your yard. Rain gardens are typically sized to handle about half of a roof top and make for great landscaping.

Use No Phosphorous Fertilizer

Phosphorous is a major contributor to water pollution in urban environments. Phosphorous is used primarily to get grass established and can increase the cost in a fertilizer application. By going to a phosphorous free fertilizer you will be saving money and help keep our water clean.

Stormwater Best Management Practices Rebate Program

You will find the information about this program here

Helpful Materials

Lawns, Stormwater, and You
Managing Stormwater in Our Community


Stormwater Stakeholder Group

The City of Des Moines is looking for volunteers to serve on a Stormwater Stakeholder Group. For more information about the Stormwater Stakeholder Group, please call 515-323-8165 or email us at .


For more information about these practices and others please call 515-323-8165 or email us at .