Bioswale


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Bioswale

A landscape element, often a planted strip along a street or parking lot, for the purpose of capturing surface water runoff and filtering out silt and pollution before the stormwater enters the drainage system or groundwater and retains and cleanses runoff from a site, roadway, or other source.
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An extra $500,000 is needed to provide reinforced concrete around the bioswale planters required by the city to treat stormwater runoff, McGlone said.
Installing bioswale natural water drainage to retain storm water runoff and decrease flooding
builder Atlantic Funding & Real Estate will pay a $50,000 penalty for stormwater control rule violations at its Gateway Landing development, and invest nearly $70,000 in a bioswale to filter silt and pollution from the site's contaminated runoff into the Erie Canal.
These elements could include a green roof on an office building, a rain garden in a front yard, a bioswale in a parking lot, or a road with permeable pavement.
INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN: In the spring of 2012 ChemTrack designed and built an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation-approved bioswale system at the Delta Western gas station in Haines.
The plants in a bioswale are drought tolerant and native to the area.
This water flows through a bioswale and then a rough 50-micron filter before being used for landscaping, irrigation and flushing toilets.
It was designed to LEED Silver certification standards and features environmentally focused innovations such as energy-efficient refrigeration; recycled and locally procured construction materials; paint, coatings and adhesives that meet strict standards for indoor air quality and low volatile organic compounds; LED lighting; bioswale filtration; and green screens to minimize heat reflected from the building.
Classmate Kay reports, "In garden class, we plant and pick produce, compost leaves, and we recently built a bioswale.
Inspired by the local bishops' 2000 pastoral letter on the Columbia River, parishioners applied for a grant from the city to help fund the bioswale, which cost approximately $25,000, says Kevin Gorman, a parishioner who worked on the project.
At this site, there are plans to complement an existing bioswale with a wetland, a dry pond, and a bioretention cell.
A historic drainage course was rehabilitated for use as a bioswale.