Campus Stormwater Management - Rain Gardens

Project Leader: 

Jeremy Bril
Sam Bircher
Lora Buckman
David Crawford



UIESW is helping to design and install rain gardens across the University of Iowa campus. The rapid development of campuses and cities across the country has caused a substantial increase in stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. Working with the UI Office of Sustainability, UI Facilities Management, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, UIESW is working to develop a sustainable stormwater management plan for the University of Iowa. As part of that plan, UIESW will be designing and constructing rain gardens at several locations throughout campus. UIESW will work to identify and evaluate potential rain garden sites, design the rain gardens for each site, complete construction of the rain gardens, and develop a maintenance plan to ensure the rain gardens will continue to work properly. UIESW hopes to complete 2-3 rain gardens each semester.