MDSE Wellness Way Vegetated Swale


Maryland Sustainability Engineering



A local project team from the student group Maryland Sustainability Engineering was given a grant of $25,325 to etrofit of an existing stormwater management system on Wellness Way. The retrofit will transform concrete runoff channel to a vegetated swale. The swale will absorb runoff that currently flows directly into Campus Creek, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. The proposed vegetated swale will be engineered to slow down stormwater by reducing the impervious surface area and placing densely rooted vegetation to absorb water. The introduction vegetation will encourage water uptake through their roots, and the reduction of impervious areas will allows water to infiltrate the soil media. By introducing native plant types and densely rooted vegetation, the swales can further intake water, provide temporary storage, and treat stormwater.