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Stormwater Management

Searching for a Minneapolis stormwater management company in Minnesota? Stormwater management is an important, yet often overlooked aspect of landscaping. Without it, leaks, mold, erosion, pollution, and other issues may affect your landscape or home. At Natural Environments Corp, we’re dedicated to improving your property through stormwater management solutions. We’ve been working since 1983 to bring our clients landscape improvements that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. If stormwater is collecting on your property or seeping into your home and causing issues, we’re here to help. Contact our experts today to get a free quote. 

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What Is Stormwater Management?

Stormwater management is the process of directing rainfall to a desired location, and it encompasses a variety of methods. Cities, states, property owners, and area community members are involved in managing stormwater at some level. Houses have gutters, cities have storm sewers, and both may have holding ponds or rain gardens.


How Is Stormwater Management Done?

There are many aspects to managing stormwater, but we’re going to hone in on how it relates to individual homeowners as there are a few basics that should be kept in mind during this process.


  1. We don’t want rain to get in our homes, and stormwater that’s managed improperly can lead to wet basements and other unwanted leaks.
  2. We don’t want water collecting in undesired areas. Standing water can cause issues with mosquitos, ruin gardens, and destroy patios.


Given these points, it’s really important to make sure that water in a private property goes where we want it to go. The desired location will depend on the site. It could end up on the street, in a sewer, in a rain garden, or in a lower area on a piece of property where it can infiltrate. 

Some homeowners may be tempted to just install a sump pump and call it a day. If you don’t get to the heart of the issue, however, it can waste money and create further problems. We recommend talking to a qualified stormwater management professional instead. Get in touch with us today and request a quote. 

What Happens if Stormwater Management Isn’t Done Correctly?

How Professionals Handle Stormwater Management

Our goals around stormwater management are centered around proactivity rather than reactivity. This is because it is much better to keep water out of your house rather than have you figure out what to do with it after it gets in. Some of the methods we use include:

  • Proper grading techniques away from the house
  • Installing rain leader pipes to help take water from your downspouts and move it away from your home
  • Taking the water to a desired location
  • Installing rain gardens to give water a chance to infiltrate into the soil and help the environment

If there is no other way to get the water to leave your property or go to the desired location, we may need to utilize a pump system or a lift station. 

Why You Should Hire an Expert

There are a variety of methods for stormwater management, and a storm water management expert has extensive knowledge of all of the potential solutions. 

If you hire someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, the strong likelihood is that it won’t work. You’ll end up with water in your basement or pooling water someplace where you don’t want it. 

It’s entirely possible that the issue might end up worse, causing you to waste a significant amount of money and time. 

For these reasons, it’s crucial not to spend money on getting a stormwater or rainwater management system without consulting a professional. Request a quote today to find out more about how our stormwater management solutions can benefit you. 

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Natural Environments Corporation Frequently Asked Questions

Managing stormwater is mainly important to prevent water damage. For example, if you have water flowing in your basement, it can lead to mold growth, permanent structural damage, pest infestations, and other problems. Improperly managed stormwater can also damage the outside of your home, such as your driveway, patios, and even your home’s foundation. In short, stormwater can lead to costly issues. 

The exact cost of stormwater solutions will depend on the implemented solution. It could be something as simple as a rain garden or more expensive options like a lift station if there are no other solutions available. The severity of the issue and your specific property will determine what solution(s) we’ll use on your property. We highly recommend getting a free quote if you want to find out how much it will cost for your specific situation. 

Stormwater is rainwater that has fallen from the sky, while wastewater is water that you’ve used in your home, like when you flush the toilet. The main purpose of stormwater management is to divert it away from your home. As mentioned, the exact location we divert it to will depend on the situation, such as a storm drain. Meanwhile, wastewater has to be sent to waste treatment facilities or a septic system to be recycled into the environment. 

Yes, in severe cases, stormwater can cause flooding. This typically happens when stormwater management issues are left unaddressed for a long time. Over time the stormwater causes damage to the home, creating places where the water can enter. If you’re having stormwater issues, it’s important to find a solution as soon as possible. We recommend calling the experts at Natural Environments Corporation.

Rain gardens are shallow depressions in the ground where plants are placed. When the stormwater flows, it will naturally flow into the rain garden from gravity. As the stormwater stays in the depression, the ground soaks up the water. The water helps the plants and prevents the water from going elsewhere. Rain gardens are an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing stormwater management solution. If you are interested in a rain garden, feel free to contact us. If a rainwater garden works as a solution on your property, we’ll be happy to install one for you. 




Our landscaping services in Minneapolis St. Paul – Twin Cities include landscape design, retaining walls, boulder retaining walls, stone walls, rip rap, shoreline erosion control, patios, driveways, helical piers and more.


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