Green Streets for Blue Waters - Task 1

Task 1

Multi-Property Bioswale

Project Summary

An existing turf grass drainage swale was restored with native landscaping and soil amendments to encourage storm water infiltration, improve pollutant removal, and decrease mowing, watering and other turf grass maintenance requirements.

The bioswale filters stormwater from 44 acres, capturing 97% of the runoff (446,500 gallons), removing 713 pounds of solids and 2.5 pounds of phosphorous that would otherwise flow into the Minnesota River.

The bioswale is well established with many native grasses and flowers. It is best viewed from the pedestrian path connecting E 105th St Circle to E 104th St.

Photos from 2012

Photos from after 2012

Project details

  • Practice

    • Storm Water Retrofit (Biofiltration)
  • Project Benefits

    • Contributing Drainage Area – 44 acres
    • Runoff Captured – 446,500 gallons
    • TSS Removed – 700 lbs.
    • Phosphorous Removed – 2.5 lbs.
  • Watershed

    • Lower Minnesota River
  • Construction

    • 2012

Location map

Location map


Clean Water Fund $70,800
Local Fund Match $15,400
Total Project Cost $86,200

Local match funds are being provided by the City of Bloomington and the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District.

Project partners