Bioswales are channels designed to concentrate and convey storm water runoff while removing debris and pollution. Bioswales can also be beneficial in recharging groundwater. They are typically vegetated, mulched, or xeriscaped. They consist of a swaled drainage course with gently sloped sides.
Thank you Wesport!
The Village of Westport incorporated the URLA suggestion of redirecting stormwater down the end of Bedford Street to a bioswale where the water will be naturally filtered before entering our Upper Rideau Lake.
This was built during the Bedford Street betterment last summer. Now we are at the stage where URLA plans to help Westport to enhance the swale area with native plants. This will add visual appeal and assist in the filtering of pollutants. Love Your Lake, Watersheds Canada, and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority have stepped up to assist us with funding and expertise with the planting.
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