This is a copy of many of the photographs we've gathered for the site, particularly those illustrating structural BMPs or specific features. Note some photographs are from external sources, references listed in descriptions. If you can't find what you're after, try checking other people's LID photograph databases. If you're seeking photographs of plant species, we've mostly linked content directly from the Wikimedia Commons.
Parking lot bioretention with surface ponding well in foreground, Kortright Centre, Vaughan, ON. Read about the performance of this practice in the technical brief.
Parking lot bioretention sharing underground reservoir with adjacent permeable paving, Edwards Gardens, Toronto, ON. Read a case study about it here.
Parking lot bioretention with decorative stone for erosion control, and perforated pipe access standpipe in foreground, Earth Rangers Centre, Vaughan, ON. Read about the performance of this practice in the technical brief.
The sunken curb holds the edge of the asphalt pavement and lets water freely flow to the bioretention cell beside the 7sigma parking lot in Minneapolis, MN (USA)
Photo credit:Brian Ash
Bioretention cells on Elm Drive, Mississauga, ON, with vertical sides and hardscape perimeter receive road runoff via leader pipes from road catch basin inlets. Read about the stormwater system at this site in the performance assessment report.
Bioretention bump out in a dense urban setting receiving runoff via side inlet catch basin and curb openings on the walkway side of the installation.
Fairford Parkette featuring a bioretention cell retrofitted into a roadway in downtown Toronto, ON. Read a case study about it here.
Parking lot bioretention cell at IMAX corporate headquarters in Mississauga, ON. Read about the IMAX stormwater system in the performance assessment report
Bioretention cell receiving road runoff in the Wychwood neighbourhood of Brampton, ON. The nearby catch basin conveys overflows during major rain events. Read about the stormwater system in this community in the performance assessment report.
Streetside swale in Seattle
This feature is a bioswale in that the underlying soil has been replaced with engineered filter media. The turf finish simplifies landscape maintenance. Brampton, ON
A bioswale located on Country Court Blvd., located in Brampton, ON> Read more about the performance of this feature and associated rpoject, by reading the following Grey to Green Conference Presentation, 2018. Dean Young - STEP, 2018
Bioswale located in Downsview Park, Toronto ON. with Check dams.
Grassed bioswale with Vegetated filter strips
Stone-lined bioswale with rock check dams located to helps slow the flow of water as it enter the system from the nearby roads. [[ STEP, 2017
Stormwater lagoon, Wilmhurst Road, Warwick. UK. Photo credit: Robin Stott
Dry polder northwest of Vincencov, Prostějov. Czech Republic. Photo credit: Jiří Komárek
Extended tree pits
Rainwater harvesting cistern, which discharges to tree pits during dry conditions. Image credit Mississippi WMO
Extended tree pit planting in USA
Photo credit: USEPA
Birch trees in parking lot bioretention 'IMAX site' Mississauga, ON
Trees in parking lot bioretention 'IMAX site' Mississauga, ON
Unmown wildflower meadow roadside filter strip/verge in Delft
Filter strips between the bioretention facility and the adjacent parking lot reduce sediment loading to the surface of the bioretention cell. Dennis Ave Health Center, Wheaton, MD. Photo credit: Moreau1
Grass swale in CVC headquarters parking lot, Mississauga ON
Water distributed into a wide grass swale with a rock level spreader
Flow in this wide swale is being reduced by taller vegetation on some sections (See Manning's n)
Parking lot stormwater detention system, partially installed. Photo credit: Arbitrarily0
Contractors construct an underground soakaway on the runway extension of Taxiway Alpha as shown here Oct. 5, 2012, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Photo credit: Karen Abeyasekere
Example of "crate style" Infiltration chambers being installed in East Gwillimbury. Photo credit: Make-Way Environmental Technologies Inc.
View of infiltration trench in U.S. Photo credit: Moreau1
Permeable pavers in parking bays, Mississauga ON (note inspection of bioretention occurring in the background)
Inspection wells should be located at the edges or even off the side of permeable pavement areas
Soil cells under construction.
Soil Cell installation along the Moynes and Berl Avenues on north side of The Queensway in Toronto. The picture depicts stormwater distribution pipes through the system, used to help provide water to the trees that will be later planted in the BMP feature.
Photo credit: City of Toronto
Silva Cell “top” deck prior to organic layer and screenings for pavers. Photo credit: City of Toronto
Soil Cells being installed along Edgewater Drive for Waterfront Toronto.
Photo credit: DeepRoot
Stormwater Tree Trenches at East Bayfront Promenade, Toronto.
Photo credit: DeepRoot
Seawall Soil Cells (Tree Trenches) located in Vancouver.
Photo credit:City of Vancouver
Stormwater tree trenches designed with a structural concrete pad over top of the installation.
Stormwater planters are ideal for situating alongside buildings to capture rainwater from roof runoff. LSRCA headquarters, 2017.
Stormwater planter, treating downspout runoff, at Waterview Rec Center, Philidelphia
Photo credit: PWD
Rain garden, Illick Hall, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Photo credit: DASonnenfeld
Enhanced swale with rocky check dams and a metal overflow grate in Northgate Mall parking lot, Seattle. Photo credit: MLSmith
Bioswale with rock check dams to slow down the water, encouraging infiltration. Note the biodegradable erosion control blanket still in place. LSRCA headquarters, 2017
A swale during a rain event, with concrete check dams, armourstone, mulch and Tall grasses to slow down moving water (as shown in the .gif file) to promote infiltration in the feature.
Also see Jen's Pinterest board of check dams
This curb cut has been sawn into existing concrete as part of a retrofit. Note the temporary (erosion log) and permanent stone erosion control measures in place. Mississauga Road, ON.
Curb cut used as a controlled overflow route from permeable pavements to a bioretention facility with monitoring well, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Newmarket, ON.
Curb cut into a bioretention facility in Brown Deer, WI. Stone is used to reduce erosion around the inlet area. Photo credit: Aaron Volkening
Stone lined inlet at IMAX site in Mississauga
The grading around this inlet prevents flow in the correct direction. i.e. from the pavement onto the grass. Not too critical in this example, as the surface is permeable pavements.
Curb cut into a rain garden on a green street in Newmarket, ON.
Curb extension in Victoria. Image credit Dylan Passmore
Bioretention on residential street, with covered drain inlet (grate in the gutter) and iron grate covered overflow in the centre of the cell, Hinsdale, IL Photo credit: CNT
Curb extension on Queen Lane, in Philidelphia
Photo credit: PWD
Curb extension with Urban Tree in a tree grate, in city showcased by the U.S Department of Transportation's, Federal Highway Administration.
Photo credit: Jennifer Rosales
Boulevard with Urban Trees along the boulevard in tree grates, in Orlando, FL.
Photo credit: Design by: GAI Consultants/Kevin Aust & Contractor: UCC Group.
Schematic of Urban Trees in tree grates in a proposed traffic-calming bump-out as part of the on Columbus Av. New York City, NY. The red arrow depicts the flow of water to the stormwater tree trench system.
Photo credit: Jonathan Toner
Curb extension with planted tree in open tree pit, part of a finished soil cell system - a tree grate for safety reasons and increased aesthetic should be added. Located on Main St. Markham, ON.
Photo credit: GreenBlue Urban Inc.
Solid splash pad preventing erosion from the flow from the inlet. Image credit Dylan Passmore
Forebay connected to drainage area in the roadway with a curb cut, overflow visible in the centre of the feature, level spreading is encouraged with the rock check dams, Milwaukee, WI, Photo credit: Aaron Volkening
Rounded 'river rock' and a series of check dams slow water from this inlet.
This forebay has a rock splash pad to slow water down before it reaches a bioswale.
Flat metal overflow with stone surround to reduce erosion around the cast concrete structure. Mississauga Road, ON
Domed, metal overflow grate. Being flush with the surface reduces potential infiltration of ponded water. Photo credit: Aaron Volkening
Overflow inlet for newly constructed stormwater bioretention areas in median of Bradley Road. Village of Brown Deer, Wisconsin. Bradley Road, east of 51st Street. Photo from October 2015. Constructed summer 2015.
Photo credit: Aaron Volkening
Combination of trench drain and winter shut off gate: King Street, Kitchener, ON
Trench drain that outlets to a bioswale at the LSRCA Office in Newmarket, ON
Bioretention system, or rain garden with a decorative trench drain cover, in Portland, US Taken in April 2013. Photo credit:EmilyBlueGreen
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