|READY trainees at the construction site.|
This past summer, I was asked to design and supervise construction of several Permaculture-style landscapes as part of their "Soak-It-Up" campaign. The techniques we employed harvest and filter stormwater for two suburban sites in Ellicott City, an area of numerous hills and converging streams, that has been in the news recently for severe flooding.
A Rain Garden, Log Terraces, Riparian Buffer, and a Hugelkultur were designated for the first site, a semi-wooded, hillside sloping steeply toward a creek, that floods regularly. The Rain Garden collects water at the bottom of a long gradual slope, and allows it to filter through its basin composed of a sand/compost medium.
|Swales and Berms|
|Fish Scales with an overflow drain|
There are many strategies for managing stormwater issues. The trick to selecting the right technique, or combination of techniques, is to understand the unique characteristics of a site and its water flow.
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