JCCC Honors Journal


This paper presents how Johnson County Community College (JCCC) uses plants as part of a naturally sustainable storm-water treatment system to manage the quality and quantity of the storm runoff leaving the campus. As the essay is intended for public education, background information about the water cycle, watersheds, the contamination of water resources and biological water treatment are presented. Additionally, information specific to the JCCC system is provided, including project funding, individual system components and botanical information about the plant species and families used in the treatment process. Data analysis from many sources reveals that biotic treatment systems are effective, but the system at JCCC extends beyond that. The system presents concepts that have nearly limitless applications when paired with creativity and concern about water quality and conservation.

Faculty mentor: Steven Giambrone