A Stormwater Planter is typically a wooden planter that captures, filters, and temporarily stores runoff diverted from a downspout. Some of the captured runoff is removed by plants and the remaining water is filtered through soil media and stored at the planter’s base.
Many residences in the city have downspouts tied directly into the City’s combined storm / sewer system and therefore contribute to combined sewer overflows that pollute our local waterways. Retrofitting residences with Stormwater Planters can reduce local flooding and protect water quality by capturing, treating and storing runoff before it leaves the property. They also provide low maintenance aesthetically-pleasing “green space” in urbanized areas.