West Dearborne 68 Acre Stormwater Retrofit

Collaboration with Florida Waterscapes


LID.pdf / LID2.pdf

Low Impact Development (L.l.D.) is a storm water management approach that uses a suite of hydrologic controls distributed throughout the site and integrated as a treatment train to replicate the natural hydrologic functioning of the pre-development landscape. Unlike conventional systems, which typically control and treat runoff using a single engineered storm water pond or vault, LID systems are designed to promote volume attenuation and treatment at or near the source of storm water runoff. The fundamental goal of applying LID concepts, design, and practice is to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of storm water management relative to conventional systems, reducing total and peak runoff volumes and
improving the quality of waters discharged from the site. Ancillary benefits include sustainable landscapes and increased habitat within urban boundaries.



• Easy installation with less de-watering and economic anchoring.
• Design expands with water conservation and urban planning.
• Flood control with capture and reuse of storm water on site.


• Save potable water for drinking
• Storm water and flood control
• Control aquifer recharge/protection of natural water bodies
• Independent /alternative water source
• Drought tolerance
• Energy savings

Sustainablility through Biomimicry

Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a design discipline, that when intrinsic to stormwater systems, reintroduces natural systems into the built environment. This “green infrastructure” will provide flood control during heavy rain events, when soil saturation has peaked, mimicking natural ecosystems for pollutant removal, such as fertilizers, petroleum products and surface contaminants. As our freshwater supply becomes increasingly taxed, letting minimally remediated and reusable water run “down the drain, ultimately to natural waterways, isn’t a balanced biological system in which plants and animals can thrive. By utilizing nature as the template, our collaborative design team has innovatively modeled new sustainable technologies for the West Dearborn Street Low Impact Development Pilot Program.

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Bioswale with curb cuts, inviting storm water into swale for treatment and reuse as irrigation water.