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Best Management Practice Fact Sheet 9: Bioretention


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Authored by David J. Sample, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech; Laurie J. Fox, Research Associate, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; and Carol Hendrix, student, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

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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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Publication Date

January 27, 2020