Bioretention Systems are the most common Green Infrastructure designs in use today. These recessed landscape beds serve as natural areas for absorbing rain. The purpose of a Bioretention System is to slow the flow and filter pollutants from runoff before it reaches our groundwater, seeps into the municipal sewer system or discharges into our waterways. Sometimes referred to as Bioswales, Vegetative Swales or Rain Gardens, these landscape features are specifically designed to enhance the appearance of an area while acting as an integral element of stormwater management. Bioretention Systems can be utilized in small residential applications as well as on large commercial projects.
Rain Gardens & Vegetative Swales
Rain Gardens and Vegetative Swales are bioretention areas designed with the use of perennial native plants that don’t mind a lot of moisture. These gardens or swales allow water to percolate through into the ground while also filtering out pollutants and contamination. They also help alleviate problems with flooding, enhance the beauty of yards and communities and provide habitat and food for local wildlife.
An Infiltration Trench is a narrow, shallow form of bioretention where instead of planting vegetation, the area is backfilled with stone to form a subsurface reservoir where stormwater can be held while it is infiltrated into the soil. Like other Bioretention Systems, infiltration trenches remove fine sediments and pollutants from runoff.
Bioretention Systems are sold on a project-by-project basis. For help planning your next bioretention project or for more information on our systems please call Joshua Hayden at 216.986.7000.