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Basin Naturalization

Although stormwater management has evolved to favor construction of small, dispersed infiltration basins to promote in-place groundwater recharge, many traditional large, deep, frequently mowed detention basins remain active. Regardless of form, storm water basins offer opportunities to create lower maintenance, more holistic landscapes with ecological value and aesthetic appeal. We will review various considerations for designing or retrofitting storm water basins with naturalized landscaping and once planted, how best to maintain them.