Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels

Sustainable Practices

Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens are great ways to reduce stormwater runoff from your property. Stormwater runoff, and the bacteria, toxins and sediments that it picks up and carries, is the number one source of pollution in Virginia Beach’s waterways. Both help prevent pollutants such as fertilizer, fluids from cars, pesticides from entering our waterways.

Utilize the rain water for your flowers, shrubs, trees, lawns, indoor plants or koi ponds using captured water from your rain barrel. You can also use the water to wash your car or pet, rinse your feet, tools, or muddy/sandy boots or sandals.

A rain barrel is easy to install on your downspout. It will have a spigot on the front for a watering can and/or a soaker hose and an overflow spout at the top. The intake at the top is screened to prevent mosquito infestation. You can install a single barrel or connect multiple barrels.


You can order a rain barrel from Lynnhaven River NOW



A complete 50 gallon Ivy barrel (pre-ordered) and picked up from our office — $95.00

Ivy Dimensions: 18L x 22W x 42.5 H in
Weight: 16lbs
Material: Durable UV-Stable Polyethylene
Home delivery and installation* — $40.00 extra
12″ wooden platform (single barrel) — $35.00 extra
24″ wooden platform (double barrel) — $65.00 extra
Connection kit to link multiple barrels together — $10.00 extra per kit



A complete 65 gallon black Moby barrel (pre-ordered) and picked up from our office — $175.00.


Moby Dimensions:Diameter of overflow hole: 1.25”
Overall Height- Top to Bottom: 39”4Overall Width- Side to side: 29”
Overall Depth- Front to Back: 29”
Overall Product Weight: 26 lbs
Home delivery and installation* — $40.00 extra
12″ wooden platform (single barrel) — $35.00 extra
24″ wooden platform (double barrel) — $65.00 extra
Connection kit to link multiple barrels together — $10.00 extra per kit

*Basic installation includes: leveling the location (any shrub removal extra fees apply), modifying existing downspout, cleanup of location and installation of platforms extra fees apply.

The Moby is different from the Ivy in a few ways. It is manufactured from a much denser material and is substantially heavier than the Ivy. It also offers 15 gallons more storage capacity and the spigot is solid brass.

125 Gallon Rain Barrel provided through the Pearl Home Sustainable Yard Program

125 gallon rain barrel by Polymart is available to homeowners in the Lynnhaven River Watershed only through our Sustainable Yards Program. An application is required, followed up by a site visit in order to qualify for the program. A maintenance contract and a $100 copay is also required. The rain barrel will be delivered and professionally installed by LRNow.

Interested? Please contact Barbara Duke at or call 757-962-5398





To place an order, call our office at 757-962-5398 or e-mail
Thank you for helping protect and restore our waterways.

Rain Gardens


A Rain Garden is a bowl-shaped garden with deep, loose amended soil. The excess water on your lawn or water that flows off impervious surfaces can be directed into the garden and help to recharge groundwater. This reduces the quantity and improves the quality of stormwater runoff. This is also a great way to create a natural habitat for birds, insects, and other species.

LRNow can offer design and funding assistance for rain gardens to homeowners in the Lynnhaven River watershed only through our Sustainable Yards program.

Rain Garden Fact Sheet




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