Tag: bioswales

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.

Eleven Times Bigger Than Central Park

Eleven Times Bigger Than Central Park

It’s been done in a lot of other places, but Dallas is doing it bigger than anyone else: turning a floodplain into an urban park. The 10,000-acre park—actually a series of them—along the Trinity River will be part of a nature preserve containing green spaces and other public amenities like

Tampa Tackles Flooding

Tampa Tackles Flooding

Located on the western coast of Florida, Tampa is situated between two bodies of water: Old Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay. They flow together to form Tampa Bay, which joins the Gulf of Mexico.

One Small Step for Bugs

One Small Step for Bugs

Like the inhabitants of the tragically fated Roman city of Pompeii, which fell victim to fallout from the Vesuvius volcano, benthic macroinvertebrate organisms in long-established communities along the river bottom received no warning of the oncoming catastrophe. They, like their human counterparts separated by millennia (and phylum), may have seen

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility

The City of Thousand Oaks, CA, has operated a successful monthly collection event for the past two decades. As the monthly events were reaching maximum capacity, it was time for the City, a family-oriented community with a population of approximately 126,000 residents, to consider a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

When You Need to Make It Flow Uphill

When You Need to Make It Flow Uphill

When deploying sustainable water networks, we can observe the watersheds they’ll inhabit to seize opportunities to serve both people, and the planet. In the 21st century, we’re getting used to scientific facts running circles around science fiction, yet water will always behave the same. Whether we use sophisticated electronic pumping

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

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

Between managing your environmental footprint and meeting LEED requirements, going green is an ongoing challenge for waste facilities. Stormwater runoff and the resulting water quality issues are particularly challenging. But with all the options out there – from green roofs, to rain gardens, to bioswales – what green infrastructure BMPs

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

Between managing your environmental footprint and meeting LEED requirements, going green is an ongoing challenge for facilities. Stormwater runoff and the resulting water quality issues are particularly challenging. But with all the options out there – from green roofs, to rain gardens, to bioswales – what green infrastructure BMPs work

Bearing Down on Stormwater

Bearing Down on Stormwater

Increasingly, zoos in America are using green infrastructure to manage their stormwater, and they’re doing so in a variety of creative and innovative ways. This practice shouldn’t be surprising, given the mission of zoos and their natural interest in safeguarding the environment.

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