Water is one of the essential elements necessary for life. We are blessed by the abundance of pure, clean water in our local environment.
Conservation of this precious natural resources starts with accounting for and accommodating storm water for on-site infiltration and storage. The goal is to recharge the subsurface aquifer before runoff offsite becomes contaminated by contact with polluted roadways, dumping into streams and drinking water reservoirs. It is more effective and efficient to clean up storm water before it becomes part of our aquatic systems.
We design landscapes for aesthetic charm and beauty, but also to efficiently utilize all available resources. Actions such as simple tree planting or creating landforms for berms and planting beds will increase stormwater infiltration onsite. Storm water management options include:
- Rain Gardens – can add a colorful focal point to your property. We plant with plants appropriate to the soil hydrology and eco-region. Particularly facultative plants that can withstand both flooding and drought, allowing rainwater to gather, infiltrate, and avoid erosion elsewhere.
- Bioswales – a bioengineering technique to intercept stormwater and increase percolation. Native planting and natural vegetation turns the swale into a beautiful landscape feature.
- Downspout Planters – Beautify your gutter downspout with a garden that makes use of all that water! We use structural soil that improves the microbiology in the soil and water absorption, contributing to sustainable growth. This is an example of passive (non-electric) irrigation.
- Trees – Nature’s master mechanics. The substantial biomass and extended fungal network of our native trees are the glue that holds together our natural landscapes. Nothing manages water better than the wide diversity of trees from mature majestic oaks, stately pines, and the rich pioneer species such as birch, beech and sassafrass that contribute to a highly functioning ecosystem that makes our landscape environment whole.
- Cultecs, Drywells, French Drains, Perimeter Drains, Infiltration Trenches, Catch Basins etc. – These standard engineering systems and devices serve an essential part of stormwater management systems and with innovation and creativity can be utilized and integrated into a more progressive landscape design
- Pond and Lake Management – As one of our most precious natural resources, water and water quality are of paramount concern in our landscapes. This is especially true of open water aquatic systems. We take careful consideration of flow paths, riparian borders, point-source pollution and the many factors that contribute to the preservation of clean water, to ensure the health of our resources and ecosystems. Streams, ponds, lakes, and all water bodies, large or small, should be cared for, as they are essential to the health and well being of our terrestrial landscapes.
GJL employs the principals of LID (low impact development) and SSI (Sustainable Site Initiative) during all projects, especially in ecologically sensitive areas. We also use state of the art site protection methods during our construction and restoration practices, such as stream bank stabilization, tree protection, and erosion control devices to improve and maintain water quality.