Environmental Benefits of Stormwater Basins
Often unnoticed, but very important to a development site's environmental integrity, stormwater basins are impoundments built to hold stormwater and prevent high volumes from flooding or eroding downstream areas. This is one of the most common conventional methods of managing stormwater.
Native landscaping in and around the basin can help with nutrient reduction, water quality improvement, wildlife habitat and esthetics.
The location of a basin is very important, as it can make the difference between an effective or an ineffective stormwater management tool. Ideally, a basin would be placed close to the source of pollution so that it can slow down and filter the stormwater. This will help reduce downstream flooding and sedimentation and provide a natural habitat for wildlife. Taking advantage of existing topography, for example in low lying areas near to riverine flooding problems, can also be an excellent place to site a basin.
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