More Green Stormwater Alternatives – Porous Pavement

There are a number of things that can be done in addition to building rain gardens. By combining some of these proven techniques you may be able to reduce all the runoff on your property.

Take a look and try them out.

Downspout Disconnection
Rain Barrels
Reduced Pavement or Use of Porous Paving Material
Green Roofs
Plant Native Plants
Plant Trees


Reduced Pavement or Use of Porous Paving Material

Reducing or minimizing impermeable surfaces such as pavement is another way to reduce

Previous pavement - Rain Garden Network

Previous pavement and small rain garden by Sassafrass Gardens

runoff and allow water to soak into the ground. If you can’t reduce the hard surfaces you might consider installing porous paving.

If you plan to install a new driveway, sidewalk or patio look into installing bricks, flagstones, interlocking pavers, stone and bark chips, as well as new varieties of porous asphalt and concrete. These porous surfaces encourage infiltration of runoff. If possible design walkways and paths with curves and porous spaces between steppers.

Remember: The material does not need to be new, it can be recycled bricks, stone, etc. Making new concrete and brick have their own issues with greenhouse gas. So be smart and choose well.

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