An increasing focus on Green Infrastructure has brought an awareness that stormwater management can provide numerous benefits beyond improving water quality and urban hydrology. Trees, for example, provide a multitude of benefits beyond stormwater management, as discussed in this article. In particular, vegetated stormwater best management practices (BMPs), including tree-based systems and other bioretention systems, offer opportunities to achieve multiple benefits, ranging from aesthetics (see, for example, this presentation by Dr. Steven Rodie from the University of Nebraska - Omaha) to ecosystem friendly designs.
Vegetated stormwater BMPs can be designed to be pollinator-friendly. It is clear that pollinators, both vertebrates and invertebrates, are in decline (see , , , , ). This page provides numerous links to information that can be used in designing and implementing pollinator-friendly stormwater BMPs.
Although much of the information on these pages is general, many of the practices can be incorporated into vegetated stormwater BMPs.