Bioretention System

Check out our recent recognition by the Sustainable Sites Initiative!

John Burroughs School has developed a bioretention system as a plant- and soil-based infiltration/filtration facility for parking lot stormwater runoff. We are in the process of establishing a stand of grasses and wildflowers that will help prevent evapotranspiration, enhance soil composition, encourage biological activity, and promote the removal of pollutants before stormwater enters our pond. Stormwater runoff flows downhill from the driveway and south parking lot into cell 1, then cell 2, then cell 3, and finally into the pond. The bioretention system holds the parking lot water runoff long enough for Missouri native plants and soil to clean the water before entering the pond. Another important benefit of the system is to prevent rapid filling and flushing of the pond. Completion of the bioretention pond will bring natural beauty and a thriving Missouri ecosystem to the south side of the JBS campus.

This is a student-driven project under the supervision of Dr. Scott Deken. The native plants were selected by the 2006-2007 Advanced Biology Conservation class and were planted by the 2007-2008 Advanced Biology Conservation class. The bioretention system and pond will be regularly monitored by students in the science department. The system also promises to bring inspiration and a natural landscape for those students in painting and drawing classes.

The bioretention system was recognized in 2009 by The Sustainable Sites Initiative as an example for sustainable practices for others to emulate.

The bioretention system was made possible in part by a gift from the E. E. Ford Foundation in memory of Julia Ford Menard (JBS class of 1941).

Outside Bioretention Links

Pond Water Chemistry Data

Pond Water Primary Productivity Data

Pond Water Community Data

Bioretention Soil Chemistry Data

Bioretention Plant Guide

Bioretention Community Data

Prairie Community Data


Art & Journaling

Sustainable Sites Initiative Case Study

Other JBS Sustainability Efforts

This website is maintained by Dr. Scott Deken.