Why ECO: What is Stormwater Management?

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Stormwater Management: Sustainable Responsibility Begins at Home

Although it seems like a minor problem when considering one individual house or lot, the cumulative effect of polluted stormwater runoff from all of our residential areas poses a dire threat to lakes and waterways everywhere.

There are several things that we as individual homeowners can do to protect the environment and improve water quality by managing stormwater runoff in our neighborhoods. A driveway, walkway, patio or pool deck constructed using EP Henry ECO Permeable Pavers is an excellent way to make an immediate impact on reducing the amount of runoff originating from your home. Even if you don't reside along a river or near the sea, reducing stormwater runoff volume - and helping it to permeate into the ground - benefits the entire watershed.

 

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In addition to installing an EP Henry ECO Permeable Paver Hardscaping™ project, here are a few other ways you can effectively manage stormwater at home:

  • Add a rainwater harvesting system. Easy-to-install and ideal for residential applications, an underground rainwater harvesting system can be integrated with a permeable pavement hardscape to capture and store water for reuse in the landscape and the home. The collection of just one inch of rainfall is enough to provide more than 500 gallons of reusable water!
  • Capture water from a downspout in a rain barrel or cistern. Rain barrels are also a cost-effective way to reduce stormwater runoff near its source and to catch the "first flush" of stormwater from your roof, providing a source of irrigation water for use in home gardening or lawn maintenance.
  • Direct other downspouts away from pavement and toward grassy, mulched or planted areas. You can attach a perforated plastic "French drain" pipe and bury it in order to cross a stretch of lawn with the drainage. If you don't have gutters, dig a 3-inch to six-inch deep infiltration trench under the drip line and fill it with gravel to decrease erosion as well as standing water.
  • Create a residential rain garden. A rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground that captures run off from your driveway or roof and allows it to soak into the ground. Overflow from a rain barrel can be directed to rain gardens. Many plants, including many ferns, prefer the moisture of a rain garden.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clear plant debris and soil from your driveway.
  • Rather than piping stormwater to a roadside ditch, install bio-swales to carry stormwater run off. Many bio-swales are simply wide, shallow, vegetated depressions that are gently sloped and directed toward areas, such as rain gardens, that can easily stand an influx of water; they're really nothing more than a grass-lined ditch.
  • Design new construction to allow water to soak in to the ground. In addition to implementing EP Henry ECO Permeable Pavers into your surface hardscape, raised decks can be built with gaps between the boards or bricks. If you're building a new building, consider constructing a green roof, where plants are part of the structure.