Plants for Stormwater Design

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Web Site
Guide
Abstract: 

Urban landscape designers, installation practitioners, and stormwater managers will find this a useful resource. Understanding plant species’ susceptibility to water-level fluctuations and landscape pollutants will enable better stormwater detention treatment and aesthetically pleasing systems.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff worked with the authors, Daniel Shaw and Rusty Schmidt, to produce this valuable reference. The goal is to improve stormwater treatment and management practices by using native plants.

Manual Has Many Useful Features
One hundred thirty-one plant species are described regarding their use in stormwater-management practices, including habitat and range; light exposure needs; normal water level; flooding/fluctuation tolerances; general pollution sensitivities and tolerances; design considerations; wildlife use; nursery stock and seed availability; recommended planting techniques; and a photograph.

A hydrograph is included for each species, showing the typical depth and duration of inundation that species can tolerate. Species recommendations are provided also for several stormwater best management practices, including dry detention basins or swales; rainwater gardens and similar infiltration basins; stormwater wetlands; wet swales; and filtration strips.

Information/Assistance
Visit the Stormwater Program Web page for additional resources or questions about stormwater regulations. If you have questions about the manual, contact Mark Gernes at 651-297-3363.

Author: 
Daniel Shaw and Rusty Schmidt
Topic Areas: 
Water
Pollution Prevention
Botany
Landscape
Target Audience: 
Adult
Business Community
Government
Regulated Community
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No