What are rainscaping practices?
To explain rainscaping practices you must first take a look into Iowa’s history. Pre-settlement Iowa was covered by praires which allowed huge rain events, of up to 6 inches, to be infiltrate into the groundwater. This process naturally cleaned the water and recharged our rivers, streams, and lakes. However in today’s world the lanscape has greatly changed. For instance, the the Easter Lake Watershed landuse is mostly urban, dominated by concrete, roofs, compacted yards, and turf grass. All of these surfaces promote water to runoff rather than infiltrate. With water running off and entering storm sewers (and then directly into our lakes and rivers) we face increased flooding, erosion, and many other issues resulting in polluted water.
In an effort to promote the natural infultratration of rain water, rainscaping practices all provide the benefits of reducing runoff through infiltration and can be a beautiful addition to any home or business. More great information can be found at www.rainscapingiowa.org.
Live in the Easter Lake Watershed? If so, contact your local watershed coordinator and learn about our up to 75% cost share on the many rainscaping practices!
Soil Quality Restoration- “Repairing the soil left after home construction”
Rain Gardens- “The multi-purpose garden”
Permeable Pavers- “The environmentally friendly pavement”
Downspout Planters- “Simple, innovative, and effective”
Bioretention Cell- “The big scale rain garden”
Rain Barrels- “Nature’s answer to water bills”
stay tuned to learn about more practices!!