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.
- 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