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May/June 2014

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ÌÞÊ/Àiià &ROM THE )NTRODUCTION h0LANTED STORMWATER RETENTION AND INFILTRATION PRACTICES ARE IMPORTANT FOR REDUCING RUNOFF AND MAXIMIZING GREEN SPACE IN URBAN AREAS 7HILE A WIDE VARIETY OF HERBACEOUS PLANTS ARE OFTEN SUCCESSFULLY USED IN THESE SPACES THEY CAN PRESENT MAINTENANCE ISSUES BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO ANNUALLY CUT BACK DEAD FOLIAGE AND STEMS 5TILIZING WOODY PLANTS DECREASES THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL SEA SONAL MAINTENANCE WHILE SUCCESSFULLY ADDING AESTHETIC AND FUNCTIONAL VEGETATION TO STORMWATER RETENTION PRACTICESv .EW FROM THE 5RBAN (ORTICULTURE )NSTITUTE 7OODY 3HRUBS FOR 3TORMWATER 2ETENTION 0RACTICES .ORTHEAST AND -ID!TLANTIC 2EGIONS ! &REE PAGE 'UIDE BY %THAN $ROPKIN AND .INA "ASSUK )NCLUDES AN EXTENSIVE SUGGESTED PLANT LIST WITH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS *ÌÃÊLÞÊÌ>ÊÀ« +EY #ONCEPT h7HEN SELECTING PLANTS FOR STORMWATER INFILTRA TION COMMON SENSE WOULD SEEM TO DICTATE THE USE OF WETLAND PLANTS (OWEVER DUE TO THE RATE AT WHICH MOST OF THESE PRAC TICES ALLOW WATER TO INFILTRATE THE MAJORITY OF PLANTED STORM WATER PRACTICES WILL LIKELY ONLY BE INUNDATED FOR A FEW MINUTES AFTER A SMALL STORM EVENT AND UP TO A DAY OR TWO FOR A LARGER EVENT 5NLIKE MOST PERMANENT OR SEMIPERMANENT WETLANDS THESE AREAS REMAIN RELATIVELY DRY MOST OF THE TIME "ECAUSE OF THIS CHARACTERISTIC PLANTS THAT CAN HANDLE BOTH TEMPORARY INUNDATION AND RELATIVELY PROTRACTED DROUGHT ARE THE BEST CHOICES FOR A LOWMAINTENANCE PLANTINGv HTTPWWWHORTCORNELLEDUUHIOUTREACHPDFSWOODY? SHRUBS?STORMWATER?HI?RESPDF

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