Looks as though the reconstruction of this section of the Albany Fred Meyer store’s parking lot got finished just in time to test how well the new bio-swales are working in a rainstorm. It also looks as though the builders might have made the inflow opening just a hair lower.
Features like this are an integral part of modern parking lot design. The idea is to let rain water from paved surfaces soak into the ground, along with any contaminants the runoff carries. That’s supposed to keep pollution out of our streams, a worthy goal in itself.
This little scene was one I noticed after the mid-valley’s deluge and windstorm Monday morning. Another part of the result I didn’t see till I got home again.
The 16-foot tip of one of our sequoias was missing from the top of the tree and was lying in the yard, not far from the road out front. No idea whether this otherwise healthy-looking tree has some internal weakness. But I’m glad it was only the top that snapped off, not the whole tree, and that the broken end landed in the yard and not a few feet away in the road. (hh)