Due to underground utility lines and space constraints, the only location for this new device was at the waterfront.
|Beach litter collected for Hugelkultur|
|Waterfront site, BEFORE|
My design consists of two adjacent swales and berms. The level swales are filled with wood chips, which act as a sponge, collecting the stormwater and enabling it to percolate into the soil, interrupting its journey to the bay. The plant roots at the berms absorb this water as passive irrigation.
Installed in October, the upper berm was constructed as a hugelkultur, mounded with harvested beach litter (drift wood and seaweed) and covered with the soil excavated from the swale above. My client had already imported sand to make an artificial beach, and asked me to construct the lower berm as a dune.
|Berms and swales under construction|
|Before planting; after the first rain|
|Finished Rain-scape; swales filled with wood chips (winter)|
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