stormwater; stormwater vegetation; stormwater control measures; stormwater management; water quality

Plants and Your Stormwater Control Measures

Vegetation establishment is an important component of many stormwater control measures (SCM).  Grasses, trees, shrubs, and other herbaceous plants help provide structural stability, conrol erosion, and naturally remove pollutants from rainwater runoff.  However, if proper maintenance is not performed, undesirable vegetation will invade vegetated areas of the SCMs.  If these undesirables go untreated, they can inhibit the function of the stormwater control to convey, treat, and/or store water from storm events.  Furthermore, some desirable plants can become undesirable if they establish in unwanted areas.  For instance, turf grasses invading a planted/mulched area or trees establishing on the floor of a dry detention basin.