Stormwater Solutions

Keeping our rivers and lakes free of pollution starts at the source. When rain or snow melts onto surfaces like pavement, asphalt, or rooftops it “runs off” across the land and can pick up pollutants before entering our waterways. As homeowners, students, and members of our community, it is our responsibility to keep our lakes and rivers clean for all to use. This page introduces several “stormwater solutions” that you can use to keep rainwater from escaping your home, school, or business. For more information about workshops and events around stormwater visit our Water Programs page here.

Rainwater Rewards

Rainwater Rewards is an online stormwater calculator that shows the value of investments to manage stormwater such as rain gardens, porous pavement, rain barrels, planting native trees, and conserving natural areas. All of these practices allow rainwater to soak into the ground close to where it falls which prevents stormwater runoff from transporting pollution from our streets, parking lots, and houses into our waterways.

For more information visit our Rainwater Rewards page.

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels have been proven an effective and easy strategy for managing community storm water issues and improving water quality. Through its rain barrel education programs, WMEAC provides low-cost rain barrels to the West Michigan community as a means of addressing water conservation and pollution issues in West Michigan. Throughout the year WMEAC hosts several workshops to distribute low-cost rain barrels to our communities while educating them on how to manage stormwater in a green, environmentally friendly way. To see our upcoming schedule of workshops, or to request hosting your own workshop, please visit our main Water Programs page here.

Rain Gardens

Simply put a rain garden is a sculpted native garden designed to absorb rainwater from nearby parking lots, roads, or buildings to prevent pollution from entering our watershed. But they can be much more than that! Inspiring many homeowners, schools, and communities rain gardens have become a staple in Michigan’s progressive approach to stormwater management. Planting or maintaining a rain garden fosters a sense of connection to our rich ecology of native plants and pollinators all while doing a service to keep our water clean and healthy for all.

Are you interested in establishing a rain garden for your school or community? WMEAC can help! Our staff are Rainscaping Certified, a program established by the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds to help improve the aesthetics, biodiversity, and water quality of our neighborhoods and businesses. Our qualified staff will help you assess your property and make recommendations if planting a rain garden, native trees, or using another “green infrastructure” practice such as a rain barrel is right for your property.

For more information please contact Kyle Hart at to get started today.

Adopt-a-Drain Virtual Storm Drain Portal

Do you know where your street’s storm drain is? Do you know that these drains need our help? Come pledge to keep your drain free of leaves and debris and join your neighbors in helping to protect the environment, manage stormwater, and minimize flooding. Brought to you by the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids comes Adopt-a-Drain: a virtual map to view where your local drains are and adopt (and name!) a drain to maintain. This is a great volunteer opportunity for students and families alike to foster stewardship to keep our lakes and rivers healthy.

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