Enhancement and Application of the Minnesota Dry Swale Calculator

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 14:45

Roadside drainage ditches (roadside grassed swales) typically receive runoff directly from the road and water is infiltrated over the side slope of the ditch, similar to a filter strip. Water that runs off the side slopes then has a further opportunity to infiltrate as it flows down the center of the ditch. This research focuses on the volume reduction performance of grassed drainage ditches or swales by infiltration. A total of 32 tests were performed during three seasons in four different highways maintained by MnDOT in the Twin Cities metro area.  The full report is available online at http://www.cts.umn.edu/Publications/ResearchReports/reportdetail.html?id=2518


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