State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012KY200B
Title: Hydrologic characterization of a tree- and shrub-vegetated rain garden
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: KY 6th
Focus Categories: Surface Water, Hydrology, Management and Planning
Keywords: bioretention, stormwater, infiltration, water balance
Principal Investigator: Agouridis, Carmen (University of Kentucky)
Federal Funds: $ 4,985
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 12,802
Abstract: Traditional stormwater management practices have focused on capturing, detaining, and releasing stormwater flows through structures such as detention ponds. The focus is shifting to management strategies that capture and retain via infiltration or rainwater harvesting. Rain gardens, which are structures that use a conditioned planting bed and landscaping in a shallow depression, are one such means of promoting infiltration of runoff from impervious surfaces. The objective of this project is to conduct a hydrologic characterization of a newly constructed rain garden and to provide design recommendations for rain gardens located in Fayette County, Kentucky. It is anticipated that such recommendations will be applicable to other locations within the Inner and Outer Bluegrass regions of Kentucky.

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