Added by on 2018-10-19

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote “Swales are Swell and So Are Rain Gardens” is Episode 7 the last in the series of instructional videos the Water Board has been posting on how we can be stewards of our watersheds – which starts at home. Make sure to keep in the loop for upcoming events showcasing these videos. When rain hits hard surfaces, it runs off and is collected by the storm drain system and can end up polluting the water body it drains to. This video focuses on alternatives to directing water off your property through creating depressions in your landscape that slow the flow and often create habitat full of native flora and fauna. Video Rating: / 5


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  • Chris 2 years ago

    A swale is a trench dug on contour, so it can hold water. A spoon drain is what you build with a small angle, to take the water away. It was a little confusing at the beginning, when the man said they were installing a swale, but it wasn't to capture water – more to collect it and move it away. That's actually called a spoon drain, not a swale. The difference is whether the trench is dug on contour (completely level) or on an angle. They can look virtually identical, but it's how you pivot the land, which alters their definition.

  • Jas D 2 years ago

    How's the best way to decide the best location for your swales I live on a farm.

  • Daniel Rose 2 years ago

    At a company I worked for, we got a very interesting car park. There is a big gravel installation to store water and seep it into ground below the parking deck. So far, in the first 10 years no water went down the storm drain.

  • 11219tt 2 years ago

    Cool video. The audio is way too loud though

  • kae4466 2 years ago

    a swale is basicly a water retention ditch on contour.

  • dutch971 2 years ago

    Useless video. City propaganda is all.

  • daniel zev 2 years ago

    this was not a how to video

  • Ryin88 2 years ago

    Maybe add gutters, then buy an adapter to connect to a hose to direct it?? Im not sure i like the idea of bringing in rock/gravel.

  • Nena MC 2 years ago

    Love it!
    This is my upcoming project!

  • Craig Mullins 2 years ago

    Why you stop making videos?

  • Solomon Feinberg 2 years ago

    These swales can be designed in new subdivisions with roads and swales on contour. You can put walking paths parallel to the swles AND PLANT FRUIT TREES along the swales. There's a subdivision in CA that does this that's talked about by Geoff Lawton.

  • Anne McKenzie 2 years ago

    Great information.  One change I would like to see California Government incorporated into their water conversation design would be to PLANT EDIBLES and NOT just ornamentals.  People cannot eat ornamentals.  By incorporating FRUIT TREES, BERRY BUSHES, HERBS, and VEGETABLES one can achieve the same beneficial rain garden that is beautiful and productive.  Plant food not lawns.  Enjoy the bounty of your rain garden past the eyes to access fresh, healthy, organic produce just a few steps from one's kitchen. Not only is it convenient, we could reduce carbon pollution through the import of food, reduce the chemical pollution from mono farming, and we would know exactly where our food is harvested and the conditions under which it was grown.

  • stap0510 2 years ago

    cool stuff.
    Really helpful for people who suffer increasingly from drought.

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