Supplying Soil for Stormwater Management Success

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

7 replies
  1. Folsom
    Folsom says:

    My Dad is a former US Coast Guard. He’d love to get involved in something like this. Baltimore seems ahead of the curve with stuff like this and Mr. Trashwheel. Hopefully stuff like this moves to West Coast where we’re at soon. Keep up the good stuff Baltimore!

  2. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    Thank you for mentioning how preparing the soil if a very important part of stormwater management. It is important to remember that learning as much as you can about how to deal with this type of water can help you make an educated decision on your property. A friend of mine was talking about how he needed to start preparing his storm-water plans, so I wanted to learn more about them.

  3. Deb Pearl
    Deb Pearl says:

    I didn’t know that soil could help manage stormwater before. That is really cool that specially formulated soil will help filter out pollutants and help slow the flow of the water. I wonder what other type of management systems are used.


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