What is a bioswale?

A shallow ditch with gently sloping sides and various layers of soils beneath. A bioswale - sometimes called a vegetated ditch - slows stormwater runoff and directs it to an area where it can soak in. It achieves the same goal as a rain garden, but is usually designed to manage a larger amount of runoff. A bioswale often uses grass and plants to stabilize the soil, reduce erosion, slow the flow, and absorb runoff.

Learn more about bioswales, their benefits, and how to take care of them.

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1. What is a stormwater system?
2. Why do I need an inspection?
3. Why should I maintain my system?
4. What information do I need to provide to the City?
5. Who do I contact if my storm system needs maintenance or repairs?
6. Can I clean the system myself?
7. How long do I have to complete the maintenance requirements?
8. How often will I need to have my system cleaned?
9. I have questions about my stormwater system. Who do I contact?
10. Where does something end up after it goes into my storm system?
11. How do I report a spill of hazardous material or illegal dumping into a storm drain?
12. Is it ok to dump biodegradable products into the storm drain?
13. What do I do if the storm drain in front of my house is flooding?
14. What is a bioswale?
15. Are there other ways I can help protect Bothell's water quality?