Hi all I’ve been doing some research but keep seeming to run in to different answers. Are swales not recommended on slopes above 17% grade or 17 degrees? I understand this can vary depending on climate but I keep seeing degrees and slope used to answer the question and wanted to at least figure this out as a starting point.
What you have written is confusing.
I think the expressions have been muddled up.
I hope this information helps.
What is the difference between degrees and percent slope?
The difference in elevation between points is called the rise. The distance between the points is called the run. Thus, percent slope equals (rise / run) x 100. ... Since degree of slope is equal to the tangent of the fraction rise/run, it can be calculated as the arctangent of rise/run.
Sorry I’ll try to explain one more time. I am trying to find out what the is the steepest slope that swales can be utilized safely. When I read posts people have mentioned both 17% and 17 degrees but they are very different units. I am asking is 17% the steepest slope recommended or 17 degrees?
Swales are not appropriate on steep landscapes. Any area with more than a fifteen-degree slope (about 1:3.75) isn’t appropriate for installing swales, as the water saturation may cause slides, which could be dangerous