Iowa Stormwater Education Program


Rainscapes look like landscapes at a glance.  However one major difference exists:  Rainscapes are designed to retain and infiltrate a known quantity of runoff generated from a targeted area, such as a rooftop, driveway, parking lot, street and turf.  Rainscapes prevent rain from becoming polluted stormwater runoff.

Above ground Rainscapes mirror traditional landscape.  Their commonalities end with plants and mulch.  A great deal of work below ground ensures practices infiltrates a 1.25" rain or .78 gallons per square foot of area being managed with Rainscaping. There are two types of practices - the Basic Rainscape and the  Engineered Rainscape.

Basic Rainscapes are practices that do not require engineering (they do require math though.)

Engineered Rainscapes are practices designed by those with an engineering background, such as a civil engineer, surface water engineer or landscape architect.  Once designed, landscape contractor should install the practice to design specifications (we recommend our Certified Rainscapers!)






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