The City partnered with Oasis Kwik Carwash to retrofit this retention basin on Jiffy Street
as part of the 319 grant, the Dry Branch Watershed Project.
Detention basins help control excess stormwater runoff. Unfortunately, with its proximity to Highway 70 and Wentzville Parkway this basin had ongoing maintenance issues. It often filled with litter and debris, blocking the storm drain and preventing proper drainage. This led to stagnant water which attracted mosquitoes and other unwanted pests. The area collected so much debris that staff filled a 55-gallon drum with trash when it is cleaned every two weeks. The basin was also often polluted with auto fluids that ran off the pavement from nearby roadways. This not only affected local wildlife but, could also contaminate groundwater supplies as it soaked into the ground.
The detention area was expanded and reconfigured to be a bioretention basin, or rain garden, which uses plants and soil to filter pollution. Vegetation is selected to help screen trash and allow for easier maintenance. Curbs along the pavement were removed to allow drainage to spread out through a rock channel, then drain into the bioretention more slowly. This helps reduce erosion and improves infiltration.