First, read After the rain 1, which I wrote back in November 2010.
Remember this newly built and planted infiltration basin?
|Freshly planted in November 2011|
|Is the sign accurate?|
|Some ponding, but less than 12 inches deep.|
|Low point of lot. Slight sheen on water indicates oil pollution.|
|Plantings have filled in nicely.|
|The view from the uphill side shows more room to stow water while it seeps.|
This illustrates that hydrology is as much a social problem as an engineering problem. Heck, I solved the engineering problem. I just can't solve the social problem on my own.
I can console myself with the thought that the west side of my house does drain into a gravel infiltration area and my backyard (south side) also does a reasonable job of rain capture.