“The” Solution to Stormwater Management

Around the country, local departments of housing and urban development continue to look for ways to control stormwater runoff. Within this process, they have to evaluate the various materials that are available for use.  Concrete and asphalt have always been used to satisfy the wearing course that is used on parking lots, streets, etc.  The issue we are seeing with these existing materials is to make them permeable, they must be altered to allow the water to pass through into the system below.

It is the altering of existing permeable surfaces in lieu if replacing them with permeable ones that has been causing stormwater maintenance systems to clog or break down under the environmental stress they are meant to manage.

A system built from permeable pavers controls and stores rain water at the source. It also allows the water to seep into the ground at a slow and controllable rate filtering contaminates and recharging our ground water supplies.

A permeable paver system is made permeable by the precise joint spacing combined with open-graded joint material to allow water to seep into the system below.  For this reason, EP Henry's permeable pavers are the best solution for stormwater management.  They are perfect for difficult grading issues because the product line is better equipped to manage water flow when it is not possible to slope water away. It helps keep pollutants out of our drinking water by allowing the water to filter itself and be sent into our ground water supply.  Our permeable paver products are "the" solution.

Permeable Pavers

What strategy has your local housing and urban development department been researching regarding green infrastructure? Are they focused on implementing a LEED program so they can offer community members that adopt permeable pavement systems a tax credit or even a rebate for supporting sustainable development? Chances are that if they haven't moved on it yet, they will be in the near future.

Possible LEED credits include:

Main credit categories

  • Sustainable sites credits encourage strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources.
  • Water efficiency credits promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption.
  • Energy & atmosphere credits promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies.
  • Materials & resources credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.
  • Indoor environmental quality credits promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.

Source: LEED.org

So, if permeable pavers are "the" solution to stormwater management and regions are adopting LEED programs to face this problem head on, isn't it time your community started moving towards green infrastructure?