|Look for December 2013 "Did You Know" tips at links below|
- Agricultural Irrigation
- Crop Production
- Drinking Water
- Lakes / Ponds / Streams
- Lawn and Landscape Irrigation
- Lawns, Landscapes and Gardens
- Livestock Manure Management
- Policy / Law / Economics / Human Behavior
- Stormwater Management
- Wastewater - Domestic Sewage
- Water Basics (groundwater, surface water, hydrology)
- Well and Wellhead Management
Permeable pavements help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff because they allow water to soak through the pavement and into the soil below. Please watch the above video to learn more about permeable pavement.
Permeable pavements usually have a gravel or rock filled reservoir underneath to hold the water that passes through. If the soil does not let water soak in or it soaks in extremely slowly, the water held in this reservoir may be slowly released into the storm drain system. Even though the amount of runoff isn't reduced, the runoff is delayed so it doesn't enter the storm drain during the height of the storm. This helps reduce stream erosion and can reduce flooding potential.
Pervious concrete or porous asphalt are probably not feasible for a single home project. But permeable pavers could be a beautiful alternative to the usual concrete patio or driveway.