Rain Barrel Plans
If you'd like to build your own rain barrel, here are some sites with detailed instructions.
Mid-America Regional Council: Build Your Own Rain Barrel
University of Florida Extension: How to Build a Rain Barrel
Covington Water District Water Conservation Program: Rain Barrel Plans
Maryland Department of the Environment: Building a Rain Barrel
Building a rain garden is a good way to conserve water and reduce runoff. A rain garden is designed to capture precipitation and store it so it can soak slowly into the ground. Rain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainably in the Garden and Designed Landscape, by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden (Timber Press, 2007; $34.95) is a common sense guide to designing, installing, planting, and maintaining a rain garden. It's filled with color photos that illustrate practical solutions to a variety of landscape situations.