This is the first edition of CSA W200, Design of bioretention systems.
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This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This Standard provides requirements and recommendations for the design of bioretention systems intended for the management of urban stormwater runoff.
1.2 Bioretention systems covered by this Standard
The following types of bioretention systems are covered by this Standard:
a) bioretention with underdrain and with no underdrain;
b) biofilters (impermeable liner); and
c) bioretention planters and bioretention bump-outs (curb extensions).
1.3 Bioretention systems not covered by this Standard
The following sub-types of bioretention systems are not covered by this Standard:
b) tree trenches or pits; and
c) rain gardens.
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