Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. William F. Hunt, Bill Lord, Benjamin Loh, Angelia Sia
    Pages 1-6 Open Access
  3. William F. Hunt, Bill Lord, Benjamin Loh, Angelia Sia
    Pages 7-20 Open Access
  4. William F. Hunt, Bill Lord, Benjamin Loh, Angelia Sia
    Pages 21-57 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 59-59

About this book


As cities develop, more land is converted into impervious surfaces, which do not allow water to infiltrate. Careful urban planning is needed to ensure that the hydrologic cycle and water quality of the catchment areas are not affected. There are techniques that can attenuate peak flow during rain events and reduce the amount of metals, nutrients, and bacteria that enter the urban water cycle. This brief gives a short introduction on bioretention systems and documents the effectiveness of some 36 plant species in removing water pollutants. A summary on the maintenance requirements is also presented. 


Bioretention Systems Catchment Areas Drought-tolerant Plants Hydrologic Cycle Pollutant Removal Roadside Green Verge Stormwater Contaminants Urban Planning

Authors and affiliations

  • William F. Hunt
    • 1
  • Bill Lord
    • 2
  • Benjamin Loh
    • 3
  • Angelia Sia
    • 4
  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.North Carolina State UniversityLouisburgUSA
  3. 3.Baxter Design GroupQueenstownNew Zealand
  4. 4.National Parks BoardSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-981-287-244-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-287-245-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2194-7244
  • Series Online ISSN 2194-7252
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