Rainscaping Iowa is an education / outreach AND training / certification program promoting infiltration based stormwater management practices on a statewide basis.
Rainscaping practices are identical to the practices found in the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual with one catch - we translate this [mundane] engineering manual into something us non-engineers can understand!
Our goal with the Rainscaping program is twofold:
1) Build awareness and understanding for rainscapes through education and outreach. With that we've built this website, we've got tons of publications that explain these practices in non-engineering terms, and we assist you in promoting these practices within your own community!
2) Provide quality training and a means to identify qualified professionals working throughout Iowa who are able to design and install rainscapes that function well after construction is complete through a certification process.
The program is supported by funding, time, and talent of its partners and stakeholders:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
Iowa Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship (IDALS)
Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED)
Iowa Department of Transportation – Living Roadway Trust (IDOT)
Iowa Storm Water Education Program (ISWEP)
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District