Development of Bioretention Practices for Stormwater Management

by Larry Coffman, Prince George's County Government, Landover, United States,
Raymond Green, Prince George's County Government, Landover, United States,
Michael Clar, Prince George's County Government, Landover, United States,
Susan Bitter, Prince George's County Government, Landover, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation

Abstract: This paper introduces the concept of bioretention as an innovative stormwater quality management practice. Bioretention is a method to treat the first flush of runoff using a combination of retention, native terrestrial vegetation and soil conditioning. The material presented in this paper is the result of a study to determine the technical feasibility of using bioretention for stormwater management. The study addresses the plant materials suitability, hydrology, water quality, and soil materials aspects of bioretention.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Soil water | Water quality | Retention basins | Quality control | Feasibility studies | Soil treatment

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