When people think of stormwater management, they might immediately jump to thinking about the health of rivers and streams. But a key ingredient in improving water quality that many people often overlook is soil.
Harvest routinely provides custom soils blended for bioretention and rain gardens. We were especially honored to provide the soil for three stormwater management containers – two at-grade precast concrete bio-retention planters and one above grade planter, all supplied by Olcastle Precast-Chesapeake Region – at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland.
Specially formulated soil, rich in organic matter, will help achieve two ideal outcomes:
- It will slow the flow. Ideally water that falls to the earth has a chance to get absorbed by the earth and return to the groundwater table, as opposed to getting whisked away by sewers and drains.
- It will filter out pollutants. Ideally water that reaches surrounding lakes, streams and bodies of water does not have debris or pollutants. Healthy soil can act as a natural filter for water.
These ingredients – thoughtful engineering and healthy soil – will help make the world greener and the water cleaner. Contact us today for your bioretention/stormwater/rain garden/bioswale/soil needs.