The Delaware SWCD educates and assists homeowners, community organizations, and local governments on the benefits of backyard conservation practices.

These common practices are used as solutions to storm water quantity and quality problems. Common backyard conservation practices include: rain barrels, rain gardens, native plantings, mulching, drip irrigation, pervious surfaces, dry streambeds, reduction of fertilizer and pesticide use, composting, and green roofs.


Stormwater Runoff

Runoff from rain water and snowmelt generally enters storm drains on the streets, carrying pollutants from lawn fertilizers, pesticides, and vehicle fluids directly to our creeks, streams, and rivers. These pollutants are not filtered out through our storm water systems before flowing to our creeks and drinking water reservoirs. With the amount of impervious surfaces (roads, rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots) increasing, our storm water has no way to be slowed, and it can cause serious property damage and flooding. Backyard conservation practices can help with water conservation, water quality, water quantity, and backyard habitat.

Learn more: Stormwater Brochure


Rain Barrels

Rain barrels can be a cost-effective way to manage and reuse your storm water. Rain barrels are hooked up to your downspout or rain chain to capture rain water runoff and use the water again to water plants, wash your car, or rinse off gardening items.

Learn more: Rain Barrel Brochure


Building a New Home?

The SWCD also provides a Homebuyers’ Guide to anyone interested in buying land and building a home. The guide has information for anyone interested in buying and building to help guide them through the planning process. It includes a step-by-step process to buying and building, all the contact information for the various county agencies, and a checklist of things to consider when buying/building.

Learn more: Homebuyer’s Guide