Stormwater Best Management Practices Reimbursement Program

SQR rakingThe City of Waukee has a Stormwater Best Management Practices Reimbursement Program to create partnerships with residents and businesses to aid and improve water quality in Waukee. Stormwater is the water that runs off of impervious surfaces (paved surfaces, roofs and compacted lawns) from rain, snow melt and surface drainage. As the stormwater drains over the landscape it can collect sediment, contaminants, litter, nutrients and other pollutants. Allowing rainwater to infiltrate/percolate or slow down close to the point of contact with an impervious surface provides pollutants and sediment a chance to settle out rather than continuing downstream. Read full details of this program.


Residential Best Management Practices

The following residential practices can help improve the water quality of creeks and assist in the improvement of water quality downstream.

Request a reimbursement for these types of projects.

Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens are landscaped depressions that capture rainwater runoff. The installation of a rain garden increases sustainability by allowing rainfall to be absorbed slowly through the soil, ultimately recharging groundwater and minimizing runoff. The City will match 50 percent of a project's cost of materials and/or contract labor, up to $1,000 per property. The City will reimburse up to $15,000 to projects annually (July 1-June 30). Download a Rain Garden brochure (PDF)

Bio-Retention Cells

Bio-retention cells may be needed if the site does not allow for adequate percolation of soil for the installation of a rain garden. Bio-retention involves the capture and infiltration of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces to reduce water pollution and stabilize stream flows. Bio-retention cells have an engineered and constructed subgrade, due to altered and compacted soil conditions. The subgrade ensures adequate percolation of captured runoff by using a perforated drainpipe in a rock bed covered by a sandy soil mixture.

Soil Quality Restoration

The City has a soil quality restoration (SQR) reimbursement program as a way to improve stormwater management on residential property. The City will match 50 percent of a project, up to $1,000 per property. SQR is the process of improving soil health on new or existing lawns. The process uses tillage, aeration and compost to increase infiltration and organic matter content. SQR leads to healthier, more functional soils and allows landscapes to absorb more rain and shed less runoff. Read more about SQR.

Native Landscaping

Native landscaping is planting Iowa native plants and grasses with deep root systems, which create open space in the soil below and allow rainfall to percolate into the ground. Native plants are adapted to Iowa’s climate and tolerate of weather extremes. Strategically placing of native plants will enhance the landscape’s ability to infiltrate and manage stormwater. In residential settings, this may consist of dense bands of prairie or woodland plants on the downslope side of the property to filter and absorb rainfall and runoff.

Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels are used for the collection and storage of rainwater from rooftops via a downspout. Water collected can be used to water plants, lawns and gardens. Rain barrels help reduce stormwater runoff and encourage water conservation. City rain barrel rebates are offered for the purchase price up to a maximum of $50, on a one-time basis per customer. The funding allows for 30 rebate recipients per year (July 1-June 30). Download a Rain Barrel Brochure (PDF).


Commercial Credit

Commercial Stormwater fees are based on the impervious surface area on the site. The program's credit would reduce a portion of the customer's Stormwater fee. The maximum allowable credit for which commercial properties are eligible is 25 percent of the total stormwater utility bill. The Waukee Public Works Department determines on a case-by-case basis how much credit a site will receive based on an application and site plan showing specifics of projects such as permeable pavers, soil quality restoration, native landscaping, bioretention and infiltration practices. Contact Jenny Corkrean via email or call 515-978-7394 to inquire about this program.