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Kernersville Stormwater BMP Tour

Too much rain is not always a good thing, particularly when it causes erosion or flooding. Forsyth County has plenty of examples of the right way to handle stormwater runoff. Take a visual tour or hop in the car for a self-guided tour to a variety of locations where you can see them for yourself!

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Address City St Zip Practice (click for picture)
1 908 Beeson Rd Kernersville NC 27284 Stormwater Wetland
2 445 Lindsay St Kernersville NC 27284 Bioretention
3 720 McKaughan St Kernersville NC 27284 Rainwater Car Wash
4 215 S Main St Kernersville NC 27284 Pervious Parking Spaces
5 510 Pineview Dr Kernersville NC 27284 Grassed Bioretention
6 406 Gralin St Kernersville NC 27284 Streambank Repair
7 1197 Marietta St Kernersville NC 27284 Terraced Rain Garden

Want to learn more about some of these practices?

Bioretention and Rain Gardens: are planted depressions that allow rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. Bioretention cells are typically designed by professionals and use a soil media that must drain below the mulch line within 18 hours. Rain Gardens can be designed by anyone and use existing soil in the landscape.

This site is across from the Kernersville Recycling Center. Many years ago the soil was caving in around the pipe the stream ran through and there were worries eventually the road would cave. The solution...a combination of a level spreader (much like a curb to spread out the rainwater) that flows into a bioretention cell backed by an armored bank of gabion baskets.

This site is across from the Kernersville Recycling Center. Many years ago the soil was caving in around the pipe the stream ran through and there were worries eventually the road would cave. The solution…a combination of a level spreader (much like a curb to spread out the rainwater) that flows into a bioretention cell backed by an armored bank of gabion baskets.

This grassed bioretention cell takes runoff via curb cuts from the Post Office parking lot.

This grassed bioretention cell takes runoff via curb cuts from the Post Office parking lot.

This homeowner had quite a bit of water flowing through their property. With the help of Forsyth Soil & Water Conservation District and Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, they were able to install a terraced rain garden to slow and spread out the flow while watering some cool plants!

This homeowner had quite a bit of water flowing through their property. With the help of Forsyth Soil & Water Conservation District and Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, they were able to install a terraced rain garden to slow and spread out the flow while watering some cool plants!

Pervious Pavement: (also called porous concrete, permeable concrete, no fines concrete and porous pavement) is a special type of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete flatwork applications that allows rainwater to pass directly through, thereby reducing the runoff from a site.

When you're visiting the lovely gardens at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens you may notice the parking spaces look different. That's because they are actually a pervious type of parking spot where rainwater can move through the pavement like a sieve. They can drink a lot of water!

When you’re visiting the lovely gardens at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens you may notice the parking spaces look different. That’s because they are actually a pervious type of parking spot where rainwater can move through the pavement like a sieve. They can drink a lot of water!

Rainwater Harvesting with Cisterns: is a technique used for collecting, storing and using rainwater for landscape irrigation and other uses. The rainwater is collected from various hard surfaces such as rooftops and/or other man-made above ground hard surfaces.

Municipal vehicles are washed with roofwater at Kernersville Public Services collected in giant cistern tanks behind the building.

Municipal vehicles are washed with roofwater at Kernersville Public Services collected in giant cistern tanks behind the building.

Stormwater Wetlands: are structural practices similar to wet ponds that incorporate wetland plants in a shallow pool. As stormwater runoff flows through the wetland, pollutant removal is achieved by settling and biological uptake within the practice.

Built in late 2015 this stormwater wetland slows, spread, absorbs and disperses stormwater runoff from the upper parking lot. Watch for plants in May 2016!

Built in late 2015 this stormwater wetland slows, spread, absorbs and disperses stormwater runoff from the upper parking lot. Watch for plants in May 2016!

Streambank Repair: a method of grading eroded streambanks to a more stable slope (usually 3:1) and planting with native vegetation to prevent further loss of land.

This stream used to have 4'-6' sheer banks. As of May 2015 the gentle slopes no longer erode. Watch for all the plants this Spring!

This stream used to have 4′-6′ sheer banks. As of May 2015 the gentle slopes no longer erode. Watch for all the plants this Spring!

NC State University’s Department of Biological Agriculture and Engineering has many classes where you can learn more how to design, install and maintain these and other stormwater control measures or BMPs.

http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/training_and_credit/workshops.php

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