The planted area you see pictured below is a bioswale. A bioswale is a long, often linear depression in the ground that allows water to move from one location to another. It has gentle side slopes where plants can be grown to slow water enough to filter pollutants and allow more runoff to filter into the ground. This bioswale collects all the water from the roof of the library and directs it to the storm drain at the bottom of the swale. Roof runoff often carries many pollutants, such as leaf litter, bacteria and algae that grow in gutters, and bird droppings. The plants in the bioswale will help remove these pollutants before the runoff enters the storm sewer system, where it travels directly to theNorth Platte River.
This bioswale was the Eagle Scout project for Spencer Lake. Lake worked with the City of Scottsbluff to complete the project with help from members of Boy Scout Troop 13 and the UNL Master Gardeners. The project was designed by Amy Seiler and was funded in part with grant funds from the Greener Nebraska Towns Initiative and in part by the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Foundation. The day of the installation, we had 29 volunteers work for a combined 100 hours.
Scroll through our pictures below for more information on this project.
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See videos below for recent public service announcements about stormwater pollution, rain gardens, and cleaning up after pets.
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A Threat to You, A Threat to Your Environment
Did you know that once every two and a half minutes someone calls a poison control center to report exposure to a household cleaning substance?1 Over half of these calls involve the exposure of a child under five years old.2 Most of us have several different kinds of toxic substances in our homes, including cleaning supplies, paint thinner, pesticides, etc. Not only are these products toxic while inside your home, if not disposed of properly, they can also be toxic to the environment. Continue reading Household Hazardous Wastes
Note: This post describes the rain garden demonstration project which was installed in Scottsbluff in July 2010 with the help of the UNL Extension Stormwater Team. The garden is located on the corner of 19th Street and Avenue B.
Step 1 Choosing the Site
Rain gardens are designed to catch runoff from roofs, driveways, streets, sidewalks, or other areas of the lawn. This was an excellent site for a rain garden because of the downspout that drains into the area. Minimum work was needed to channel the runoff into the rain garden. Continue reading How to Install a Rain Garden
We’ve assembled this list of retailers that specialize in rain barrels. Continue reading Where to Buy Rain Barrels