The MSD Stormwater Best Management Guide is a collaborative project between the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and Grow Native!

ArchIn recent years interest has increased in the use of innovative methods to retain and treat stormwater. These methods, often called stormwater best management practices (BMPs), rely on natural processes, such as microbial activity, filtration, infiltration, denitrification, nutrient reduction and evapotranspiration, to attain water quality and water quantity goals. Although technical information is available on the design of many types of stormwater best management practices, less information is available on plant species appropriate for these systems. This guide has been developed to assist designers through the process of selecting and planting native plant species appropriate for a variety of stormwater best management practices in St. Louis, Missouri.

Landscape Guide for Stormwater BMP Design
Stormwater BMP Toolbox

You will find the following in this guide:

  • Required BMP Construction Specifications
  • Required BMP Plant Lists
  • Planting Specifications
  • Soil, Sand and Gravel Specifications
  • Pipe Specifications
Sample designs for MSD stormwater best management practices:

Dry Swale
Sand Filter
Wet Pond