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As pointed out in the article, swales are designed to usher stormwater run-off into drains in the easements between properties which then exits directly into the canals. It is not like the stormwater sits in the swales and gently percolates through the plant roots as was claimed by one source.
In fact if there were no drains the stormwater would filter through the swales and through either the rock or the ground cover then continue filtering through the ground until it reached either the water table or managed to make its way to the canal.
The arguement that this proposal is to protect the environment is a stretch at best.
If there are grants to foot the bill for the transition that makes it patiable. But please have the Beautification committee come up with some draught tolerant options. How about perennial peanut?
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