The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Reimbursement Program allows Ankeny landowners, businesses, and schools to incorporate stormwater BMPs on their property to improve the water quality and decrease the water quantity in our streams and detention basins. The program is intended to help cover the cost of materials and/or contracted labor to install such practices.
What BMPs are eligible?
Some examples of BMPs include the following:
- rain gardens
- rain barrels
- soil quality restoration
- pervious pavement systems
- ·native planting areas
Why should we add BMPs?
Stormwater runoff is the water that runs off impervious surfaces after rain, snow melt, or other surface drainage. Impervious surfaces are hard surfaces where water is unable to soak or infiltrate into including paved streets, parking lots, and roof tops. This water flows over land collecting sediment, litter, nutrients, and other pollutants. The stormwater then flows into the creeks and detention basins in Ankeny without any treatment or cleaning. This stormwater runoff can cause water pollution, stream bank erosion, and flooding.
By capturing rain water where it lands and allowing it to soak in and slow down with BMPs, the pollutants and sediment have a chance to settle out. The BMPs can help improve the water quality of our streams and detention basins and help improve the water quality downstream in our state's rivers.
When we add BMPs, many times we are using plants that grew in Iowa when it was a prairie. There are many benefits to having native plants in our yards. They are ideally suited to our Iowa weather and can survive when it is hot, cold, rainy, or dry. Their deep root systems help make loose, rich soil that soaks up rain like a sponge. These plants also add much needed habitat and food for butterflies, insects, and birds.