I stopped by the Queen Lane Bumpouts last Monday to check on the plants and it was raining pretty steadily for the first time since I started monitoring them for the East Falls Development Corporation. I got to see the water fill up the structure's first bay, spill over the dividing wall and drop out in the second bay. I was surprised how little water was exiting out the end and headed to the storm drain.
It's amazing that the trees and plants can withstand the high water to completely dry conditions at other times. The next day, Karen Melton, the volunteer I work with in the Soak It Up! Adoption program, had her husband check them out (she was away) and reported that they were dry and all of that water had infiltrated back into the ground. Amazing!