Posts made in October, 2015

Bioswales – Design and Plant Selection

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Bioswales – Design and Plant Selection

This post is in response to Rachel’s questions about a bioswale for a winery. The challenges for her project include high acidity and a short period of time with a high input of material into the bioswale. Plant selection is important, but so is calculating how much sediment the bioswale can handle and still function properly. There are many resources that provide simple overviews on wetland systems (bioswales, rain gardens, retention ponds) designed to treat waste water, but few go into design detail or provide thorough plant selection information. Below are a few resources I found...

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Bio swales

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 | 1 comment

Any tips for designing bioswales? This one I’m working on is intended to filter effluent from a winery. The peak season is in the fall “crushing.” The discharge will be acidic, some cleaning chemicals, and lots of sediment. Finding adaptable plants is a challenge…but also the sediment blocking the permeability into the ground. Resources, ideas, insights anyone?

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