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Investigating the Performance of Simple Rain Gardens Created in Existing Soils: An assessment of 5 case study rain gardens in Guelph, ON

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dc.contributor.advisor Harder, Larry
dc.contributor.author Maxwell, Alison
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T20:23:34Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T20:23:34Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-04
dc.date.created 2016-04-21
dc.date.issued 2016-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9639
dc.description.abstract Rain gardens are a form of sustainable stormwater management which detain stormwater and facilitate its infiltration. Many studies on rain garden optimization have led to guidelines for the creation of highly technical rain gardens (TRGs) being widely available from authorities on LID construction. However, these requirements are often unrealistic for small-scale projects and present barriers to their implementation. An alternative to TRGs are simple rain gardens (SRGs) that have no underdrain and are often created in existing soils. Many municipalities now provide guidelines for SRG design, but little research on their functioning has been reported. This investigation measures infiltration rates, soil composition, and sizing of five case study SRGs in Guelph, ON and assesses their performance via percentages of influent stormwater detained, and total volumes detained annually. Analysis reveals three of the five case studies to be performing at full capacity and positive contributions to stormwater management from all. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject low impact development (LID) en_US
dc.subject ecological design en_US
dc.subject stormwater infiltration en_US
dc.subject landscape architecture en_US
dc.subject sustainable stormwater management en_US
dc.subject best management practices (BMP) en_US
dc.title Investigating the Performance of Simple Rain Gardens Created in Existing Soils: An assessment of 5 case study rain gardens in Guelph, ON en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US


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