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Bioretention is a low impact development practice in which water is conveyed to a shallow depression filled with plants, mulch, and growing media. Water and nutrients are taken up by plants, adsorbed in the media, exfiltrated into surrounding subsoils, and released to the atmosphere by evaporation. This fact shset describes the benefits and limitations of the practice.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
January 27, 2020