I just read a question that inquired about where to send water after a rain storm. Roger Cook had two good ideas one being extending the downspout, the other being installing a barrell approx. 20 feet from the home. My suggestion is to help the environment is to construxct a rain garden.;)
Re: Extending Downsouts
I have a ditch in front of my house and an easement on the one side, so I burried my downspouts, which drain into the ditch. If this was not an option for me, and sufficient grade was not available, I would consider a rain garden.