Stormwater Management

Stormwater” is a form of water that we all deal with regularly: rain, hail, snow and everything else that falls from the sky as precipitation. As soon as it hits the ground, it either gets absorbed, or it flows directly into our local rivers, lakes, and streams. Too much stormwater can cause problems, such as flooding, erosion, and pollutant transport. Stormwater controls can be installed in many places but the best place to manage stormwater is the spot on which it lands. 

The Stormwater Best Management Practices Rebate Program provides an incentive for private property owners to install stormwater best management practices on their property. These practices help enhance the water quality of stormwater runoff, decrease the amount of stormwater runoff that ends up in the storm drainage system, and/or repurpose the energy and nutrients of stormwater for healthier soils and landscaping. The City will reimburse property owners 50% of the total cost of their project, with a reimbursement limit of $2000, provided the project and property owner meets the requirements of the program, listed below.

For those living outside the City of Des Moines, follow Polk Soil and Water Conservation District's #RainCampaign for information about stormwater management programs available across the metro area. Additional information can also be found through the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership.

If you have questions or want to set up a free site evaluation with City staff to see what practices would work best for your property, email or call our Clean Water Team at 515-323-8165.

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