A bioretention system—also called a rain garden—is an efficient, attractive and cost-effective way to control small-site stormwater runoff in urbanized areas. Basically, a bioretention system is a shallow depression that’s integrated into the landscape—anywhere from parking lots to green spaces. Stormwater is diverted to the bioretention area, where vegetation and soil media capture the runoff and filter out pollutants as the water percolates back into the ground.
Beautiful and beneficial
In addition to preventing erosion, flooding and water contamination caused by stormwater runoff, a bioretention system offers the following advantages:
- Aesthetic enhancement – Typically featuring native plants that are resilient and attractive, a bioretention system improves property aesthetics and can even provide year-round color.
- Biodiverse habitat – The preferred use of native plants in a bioretention area creates a natural habitat for birds, butterflies and other insects.
- New or retrofit installation – It’s easy to incorporate a bioretention system into new development or as a “stormwater retrofit” to existing development.
- Lower utility costs – Maintenance of a bioretention area is routine, but typically requires less water than a similarly landscaped area.
Will it perform?
Yes—if designed properly, a bioretention system can transform a problem area into an asset. At Greenrise Technologies, we develop a solution based on your climate and region, carefully selecting plants and soil media to meet your requirements. We also consider the type and amount of pollutants the system will need to handle. Find out more about our bioretention soils or how we incorporate engineered plants and soils into our landscape media solutions.