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Waterwise Projects

BioRetention Garden

Bioretention & Teaching Garden

Bioretention Garden

Metro Community College horticulture students, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, City of Omaha and UNL Extension plant the rain garden.

The Project

The goal of this project was to absorb and filter stormwater from adjacent parking lots at the Fort Omaha campus of Metropolitan Community College, and also give their horticulture students a rich, hands-on learning experience. It was partially funded through the Waterwise Initiative, administered by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum with funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Who was Involved

Designer: Tom Bentley, Landscape Architect
Planting Design: Nebraska Statewide Arboretum & City of Omaha
Contractor: Greenlife Gardens
Plant Installation: MCC Horticulture Students and workshop
Partners: City of Omaha, Metro Community College; UNL Extension; Nebraska Statewide Arboretum / Nebraska Forest Service


  • 3 basins to capture and filter debris, a trial using low-cost materials
  • Shelter with green roof demonstration
  • Rain barrel
  • Permeable walkway through a waterwise garden