Capture and reuse practices are designed to intercept and store runoff from impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, for later use. Stormwater is contained and reused for irrigation but can also be used to supplement gray water usage. Rain barrels are the smaller option, most commonly holding about 50 gallons. Cisterns are larger vessels and can be installed either above or below ground for year-round use. These practices are easy to install and operate but can make significant reduction to stormwater volume runoff when adopted across a whole watershed.
Many garden centers sell rain barrels during the growing season but they are easy to make at home too. Learn how to make a rain barrel here or attend a community workshop on the topic – commonly hosted by Natural Resource Conservation Districts around the state. Get your neighbors involved and you can make a real difference.