Longevity of biological protection using bioretention
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with Washington State University, is testing how long the bioretention soil mix can be used to reduce pollution from urban stormwater.
This study will use the standard bioretention soil mix in experimental columns to evaluate how effective it is to treat stormwater for 18 months, which simulates 10 water years.
- How long can the 60:40 standard bioretention soil media prevent acute toxicity from urban stormwater?
- What soil depths are necessary to provide sufficient biological protection and water quality treatment?
The study will continue until September 2020.
Project tasks and key deliverables
Contract IAA & Scope of Work
- Develop Quality Assurance Project Plan
- Prepare experimental columns
- Initial chemistry and toxicology on soil media
- Conditioning experimental columns
- Bioretention performance throughout accelerated aging
- Communication & Outreach
- Presentations and Factsheet
- Final report