Rain Gardens


The key to keeping our ponds, lakes, and rivers clean is to encourage the water to soak into the ground on our property. There is help available so that you can do your part. Typical Best Management Practices include:

  • Raingardens
  • Stabilizing shorelines with native plants
  • Restoring wetlands
  • Controlling erosion or soaking in storm water runoff with pervious or porous pavers.
To learn more about these practices, visit the Rice Creek Watershed District's Blue Thumb-Planting for Clean Water website.


A rain garden, or rainwater garden, is a shallow depression that collects rain water and allows it to infiltrate. It’s planted with plants that can tolerate a wide range of soil moisture. A rain garden can mimic the natural absorption and pollutant removal activities of a forest, or a meadow or or a prairie and can absorb runoff more efficiently, sometimes as much as 30% - 40% more then a standard lawn.

Many residents and business owners are choosing to incorporate rain gardens into their yards and property. Rain Gardens are aesthetically pleasing and provide several benefits to our environment. Installing a rain garden is an easy and cost efficient method of reducing stormwater pollution. Please keep in mind that Richfield is in a well-head protection area; this means any water that falls onto our yards and parks eventually ends up at our faucets.

Create your own raingarden! Matching funds are available through grants with: Minnehaha Creek WatershedNine Mile Creek Watershed, and Blue Thumb.