The Bioswale project is located next to Parking Lot 38 and began in the fall of 2004. Designed to biologically filter the runoff water from Parking Lot 38, it flows west along the north side of the parking lot, ultimately emptying into Storke Wetland. The bioswale is approximately 1000 ft long and 25 ft wide, making it almost 6/10 of an acre in size, or 25,000 sq ft. The swale existed for several years before improvements by the Cheadle Center restoration team as a shallow ditch vegetated with non-native grasses and one species of native shrub, coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis).


Lot 38 Bioswale before restoration

Lot 38 Bioswale after restoration

Lot 38 Bioswale at a glance

Date Initiated: 2004

Size: 0.6 acres

Habitat types: Biofiltration Wetland, Coastal Sage Scrub

All Cheadle Center restoration monitoring reports, databases, and referenceable data are stored in the Cheadle Center eScholarship repository and can be accessed through our Data and Research Resources page.

Wetland plant in flower