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best management practices: low impact design


TBG Partners was recently asked to create Low Impact Design (LID) graphics for the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) to illustrate how best management practices function.

The graphics we designed in this series touch on Bioretention (during a rain event and dry), Cisterns, Permeable Pavers and Urban Bioswales.

Bio Retention (no rain) // Bio retention offers a method to store and filter stormwater on site, in order to allow moisture to slowly seep into the ground rather than rushing downstream to erode local creeks and rivers.

Bio Retention (after rain event)

Cisterns // Cisterns makes use of roof runoff to reduce the amount and velocity of stormwater flowing into creeks and rivers while also storing this water for future use in the garden.

Permeable Pavers // This system gives a dual function to a typical parking space by allowing water to flow through the pavers into an underground gravel bank.

Urban Bioswale // Installing an urban bioswale will capture and flow stormwater runoff from street gutters and sheet flow from surrounding hardscape while also providing irrigation to street trees.