Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s)

Timothy Dittrich

Document Type



Bioswales are modern storm water management structures that utilize biological components in a traditional wale to more effectively filter out contaminants. Because of its modern nature the installation and management practices for bioswales is still developing. Perfecting the practices surrounding bioswales in southeast Michigan environment can aid in the advancement of green infrastructure in the state. Wayne State installed a bioswale in one its parking lots in New Center with the help of the Detroit Biodiversity Network (DBN). We wanted to monitor the progression of this existing bioswale throughout the year, observing the system components effecting overall bioswale performance. The quantitative and qualitative data collected will be used to aid the development of southeast Michigan specific practices.


Environmental Engineering | Hydrology