Santa Fe Community College

Three bio-retention basins have been completed at the Early Childhood Development Center on the Santa Fe Community College campus.  The basins were built in October 2011, 2012, and April 2013 with assistance from students enrolled in the Sustainable Technologies Program and MASTERs Program.  A fourth basin was implemented north of the West Wing parking lot in April 2014 with support provided by a youth group from Wellesley, MA.  All the basins provide passive irrigation to pollinator and shade producing plants.  Vegetation was also selected to remediate common stormwater pollutants such as petroleum products and heavy metals.  Some of the vegetation planted includes honey locust, Three-leaf sumac, Russian sage, little blue stem and sacaton grasses.  The three initial basins can capture over 1,000 gallons during a storm with annual catchment per basin amounting to over 13,000 gallons/year during years with average amounts of precipitation.  Please check out our “workshops” page to register for upcoming courses on bio-retention basin implementation.

Bio-retention basin built at Santa Fe Community College (October 2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bio-retention basin planted with native plants in October 2012 is intended to address common road pollutants including heavy metals and petroleum products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SFCC Basin North of West Wing Parking Lot

SFCC Basin North of West Wing Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SFCC Basin After Spring Storm

SFCC Basin After Spring Storm