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P.D. Schlitz

Great article and ideas here!

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Peter S-A

Thanks for highlighting these stormwater treatment landscapes! It's nice to see a variety of designs in different places around the US. I work in this field - although more with commercial and municipal clients. I can tell you that the use of rock in non-residential designs is much more limited than you've shown in the examples above. For some reason residential designs seem to use the "dry-creek bed" aesthetic a lot, which is unfortunate. Rock has several downsides compared with using soil, plants and wood mulch. Rock can heat up and dry out soils, stress plants and add to the urban heat island effect. When you get weeds growing up in the cracks between the rocks (which will happen eventually in all systems) you have to move the rocks out of the way, which can be a lot of work. So designers - please stop using so much rock in your systems!


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