Stormwater is water that originates during precipitation events and snow/ice melt. It can be held in the soil or be held on the surface and evaporate, or runoff and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies.
Rain gardens capture stormwater runoff from rooftops or other impervious surfaces. Using native, drought-tolerant plants helps further reduce water usage.
Bioswales are slight depressions in the ground that improve water retention. The slopes in a bioswale direct water towards plants, helping them grow.
Groundcover is vegetation or mulch that protects topsoil and is used to slow and retain stormwater runoff.