Tag: bioswale

Bioswales are landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. They consist of a swaled drainage course with gently sloped sides (less than six percent) and filled with vegetation, compost and/or riprap.

Issues With Clay? No Way!

Issues With Clay? No Way!

This article discusses a novel approach of using a sand lens to convey the stored volume of runoff gradually into the deeper layers of the soil, or to the water table, to overcome some of the design challenges resulting from clayey soils.

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Madison, Wisconsin: Capital Stormwater Management

Madison, Wisconsin: Capital Stormwater Management

Two entities are the major players for stormwater projects—green and gray—in Madison. One of those players is the city itself, which as of 2014 had a population more than 245,000. The other is the University of Wisconsin’s (UW’s) main branch. Its flagship campus of the UW system covers 936 acres

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Ensconced in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, the city of Staunton, VA, with a population of around 50,000, had all the attributes of a grand historic town poised for greatness. As a tourist attraction, the city boasts easy access to famous Civil War battlefields, rustic countryside, and the childhood home of

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

Compost: The Sustainable Solution

The use of recycled organics is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and we can utilize them to address several of society’s vexing challenges. The commercialization of composting as an economic method to manage organic (carbon-based) “wastes,” got its rebirth in the late 1970s, and has grown from coast to

Planning Ahead in Austin

Planning Ahead in Austin

Austin, TX, has some of the most innovative stormwater management projects that feature green infrastructure. Some of these projects are municipal, some are private, and some resulted from combined partnerships.

Rainwater Harvesting Methods Manage Stormwater

Rainwater Harvesting Methods Manage Stormwater

In Part 2 of this continuing series, author Margaret Buranen continues to showcase how the Indianapolis Nature Conservancy’s headquarters proactively uses rainwater harvesting through site-based applications and approaches to rainwater filtration. This organization demonstrates a comprehensive stormwater system designed from the headquarters’ parking lot to its rooftop. This segment reflects

Rainwater Harvesting Methods Manage Stormwater

Rainwater Harvesting Methods Manage Stormwater

In Part 2 of this continuing series, author Margaret Buranen continues to showcase how the Indianapolis Nature Conservancy’s headquarters proactively uses rainwater harvesting through site-based applications and approaches to rainwater filtration.

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