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A real bioswale | by Steven Vance
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A real bioswale

This bioswale collects runoff from the street and the sidewalk (you can see the inlets cut into the curb from the sidewalk). The vegetation and soil either use the water or store it and filter it downward into the ground.

 

Bioswales reduce the demands of sewers, especially combined sewers (that carry water from homes and from the streets).

 

Sometimes called a rain garden. Found right next to the mountable curb. This installation is part of Portland's Green Streets program. More information about SE 12th and SE Clay.

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Taken on April 15, 2010