Stormwater runoff can cause local flooding, erosion, and
inundate water treatment plants.
By using a variety of earthworks runoff
can be calmed, dispersed, and allowed to
soak in on-site, mitigating
situations while establishing habitat,
creating microclimates, and
saturating water tables.
are often used in conjunction along contour lines to
negotiate runoff toward rain gardens or basins and allow for
greater infiltration of water. Vegetation is encouraged on the berms
themselves to help stabilize the soil and create more habitat and
barn has it all, berms to the right keep water running down the hill
from flooding the barn, a french drain negotiates water from the front
half of the roof to sub-surface irrigate the berm to the left, while a
gutter on the back of the barn fills a rain barrel that sits inside the
barn for spot watering. An area that had flooding issues and no
reliable source or water has now become a viable growing
area able to support native and edible gardens.
| Re-purposed burlap bags and coffee
combine with native soil to build this berm that diverts
stormwater from flooding a barn to the right of the fence.
berm running along the fence toward the top of the photograph has
already been covered. It has since be planted with meehan's
a shade loving ground
cover native that is an alternative to ajuga.
Basins fill up like small ponds but then ideally drain within a few
days. When properly sized and placed, basins also help with
infiltration and can be used to create different growing conditions
such as wet lands, supporting and attracting more biodiversity to the
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