What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a shallow depression dug into the ground that captures rainwater and snowmelt running off hard surfaces. They reduce the volume of water that enters the storm sewer system and ultimately enters local waterbodies. Rain gardens not only reduce pollution from street runoff and infiltrate water back into the ground, but they also enhance home landscaping.
Rain Garden Resources
Attend an in-person workshop
Learn how to design and construct a rain garden, through the Landscaping for Clean Water Workshop, hosted annually in the spring by the Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Apply for a grant
Burnsville residents can apply for a grant to help fund a rain garden or other water quality improvement project on their property. Learn more about the Neighborhood Water Resources Enhancement Grant.
Find information online
- Rainwater Gardens: Enhance Your Property and Collect Vital Water (PDF)
- University of Wisconsin's Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners (PDF)
- Blue Thumb Create-a-Raingarden webpage
- Rain Gardens website from the University of Nebraska Extension
Volunteer to help maintain City rain gardens. This involves pulling weeds and other general gardening activities. Gardening experience preferred.
- Time Commitment: Variable, at least a few hours is preferred. Spring through fall
- Location: Three rain gardens total located at Alimagnet Park, Lac Lavon Park and 145th Street (near Wood Park). Also, native plant garden at Kraemer Nature Preserve.
- Contact:Caleb Ashling at 952-895-4543
Install a rain barrel
Rain barrels collect rainwater from your roof downspouts. This helps protect lakes, ponds, and rivers by reducing rainwater runoff. A major benefit is that you can use the collected water for your garden and potted plants. Several styles of rain barrels are available for purchase, or you can build your own rain barrel.
- Recycling Association of Minnesota: Compost bins & rain barrels
- Friends of the Mississippi: Rain Barrels (includes info about rain barrel workshops)