We see industrial facilities moving more towards Low Impact Development (LID) or green infrastructure (GI) on their sites, often driven there by local regulatory requirements during the construction phase. For facilities that have the space for say a bio-retention cell, they can be extremely effective at removing pollutants, such as metals, from stormwater prior to discharge. Plus, there is an added aesthetic benefit to visitors and employees. However, like every other Best Management Practice (BMP), LID/GI measures still require love and care. For example, the stormwater bio-retention cells need to be cleaned of trash and debris, and mulch and plants replaced. If plants are not replaced or maintained, you lose a a critical component of a bio-retention cell.
Are you looking for plant information for your bio-retention cell or bio-swale in California? Below are some resources for you, and for both new LID measures or replacing dead plants:
- California Regional Water Quality Control Board – Central Coast LID Plant Guidance
- SFPUC Vegetation Guide for Bioretention BMPs
- City of San Jose Plant List and Guidance
In southern California and want to brush up on your LID and bio-retention skills? Check out this guide for Riverside County. Unfortunately, there is no plant selection guidance.
For information on other areas of the country, here is another great resource for Washington from the Washington Stormwater Center. Need more information on LID and plants, check out the Washington Department of Ecology resources.
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