Rice Bowls Bioswale

Sustainable Landscapes Trail

Rice Bowls Bioswale

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens


Three bowl-shaped stormwater basins next to Rice Hall parking lot were redesigned and constructed to remove the turf and use a diversity of plants to create a diverse habitat and better use the storm water that flowed from the parking lot. These ‘Bioswales’ slow down stormwater, allow filtered water to recharge into the ground and prevent large amounts of polluted water from entering storm drains that flow into Cayuga Lake.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Sustainable Landscapes Trail


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