Rural Stormwater Management

If you live in a rural area, you enjoy plenty of nature, calm, and space. However, when it rains, you may also experience unenjoyable effects. This is because rural stormwater management typically doesn’t involve extensive storm drains and other municipal works. Instead, it’s mostly up to you, or at most, your neighborhood.

Mismanaged Rural Stormwater Management Causes Problems On and Off Your Property

On Your Land

On your property, a lack of rural stormwater management typically means that certain sections will flood after hard rain. This can result in ponding water on your lawn or even rivers of stormwater flowing across your land causing unwanted erosion or flooding.

Off of Your Land

According to Washington State University, poor rural stormwater management causes many problems with the local environment. It allows contaminated water to run off of roads, lawns, and other locations and get into nearby lakes and streams.

Rural Stormwater Management Techniques

Fortunately, there is typically no need for multimillion-dollar public works projects to deal with rural stormwater. In fact, much can be done by homeowners.

Many residential water management projects are simple, and make use of natural materials. For example, swales can be built to direct water away from critical areas. More involved dispersal systems take water from a known source, such as a rooftop; cause it to flow to a specific new location, and then disperse it over a purpose-built field. In other cases, the water is captured, but instead of being dispersed, is sent to a location where it is helpful. Man-made ponds, for example, are often refilled by captured stormwater.

Rainwater detention systems don’t disperse stormwater across the land, but instead, capture it in a variety of destinations until it has a chance to soak into the ground. Rain gardens use amended soil and a combination of plants to do the job while providing wildlife habitat and a natural appearance. These rural stormwater management systems are simple to make, and don’t require an engineer’s help. However, any large project does require plenty of labor, so it is common to hire a landscape company to do the work.

Other detention systems are more obviously man-made. Gravel-lined trenches collect storm runoff and allow it to soak into the ground over time. They can be closed off along their length for infiltration-style water management, or left open for dispersion-type water handling.

Drywells are yet another option. These are basically special holes that are filled with gravel. They collect water from specific sources, such as downspouts, and allow it to disperse into the surrounding soil.

For all of these systems, having permeable ground is a constant requirement. A rural rainwater management system only works if there is somewhere for the water to go! Because of this, suitable soil or gravel needs to be brought in if the natural soil doesn’t offer enough permeability.

Call Us for Your Rural Stormwater Management Needs

There’s no need for a rural stormwater management system to look fake or ugly. Our landscape designers can create plans for beautiful, natural-looking rain gardens or dispersal fields that you’ll be glad to have on your property. These will have all the right plants, so they won’t drown after a storm or die of drought when the rain stops.

To get started on controlling stormwater on your land or in your rural neighborhood, just contact us here at Optimum Natural Arrangements in Sequim, WA. We’ll be glad to help you keep your property beautiful while protecting your environment.