What is Stormwater Management?

Check out the new Stormwater Management: What Stormwater Management Is and Why It Is Important NebGuide G2238 (2.2 MB)
Our newest NebGuide provides an overview of what stormwater is, what it means to manage stormwater, and why it is important to do so, and gives an overview of the changing practice of stormwater management.

Rain Barrel NebGuide

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Our newest NebGuide provides information about rain barrels and things to consider when harvesting rainwater using a rain barrel. 

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Homeowner Stormwater Answers.  Simple, straightforward answers for everything a homeowner needs to know to gain a basic understanding of stormwater.  If you have a question that is not answered here, email us!

 

Omaha Stormwater: City of Omaha's website for everything stormwater related

Papio Creek Watershed Partnership

Douglas County Environmental Services

City of Lincoln Watershed Management

Nebraska Stormwater Cooperative

Nebraska Floodplain & Stormwater Managers Association

CSO! Clean Solutions for Omaha

Opportunities for the Green Industry
Learn more about the roles that nurseries, designers and contractors have to play in implementing best management practices and green design parameters for enhanced stormwater quality and reduced stormwater runoff.

EPA Low Impact Development

The Low Impact Development Center

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Rain Garden Animation

A rain garden is a beautiful and functional addition to your yard.  Beautiful because of the plants you grow, functional because it helps control stormwater runoff from your property.  Watch our rain garden animation by clicking the picture below and see how a rain garden works, both above and below ground.  You can make it rain and watch the water flow.  After you have viewed the animation, please come back and take a short (3 question) survey to give us your feedback. 

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Disconnecting Downspouts NebGuide

What does it mean to disconnect your downspout?  After rain hits your roof it enters your gutters and then a downspout.  Many downspouts are pointed to a sidewalk or the street to move water quickly.  However, by pointing your downspout onto a planted or grassed area, you can conserve water on site and improve water quality in your local lake or stream.

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The Stormwater Sleuth Comic Book

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The Stormwater Sleuth comic book Stormwater Sleuth and Running Rain: Keeping It Clean! Slowing It Down! is part of a youth education kit being developed by the university of Nebraska-LIncoln Stormwater Management Team.  The purpose is to teach youth across Nebraska about water resources with a focus on watersheds, urban water runoff isues, and rainwater harvesting/green infrastructure.  You can also download coloring pages here!