Tag Archives: Permeable pavement

Re-engineered permeable concrete can help cool sweltering urban summers

Anyone who’s ever lived in a city is probably more familiar than they’d like to be with the urban heat island effect, which causes cities to become significantly hotter than their natural surroundings. The effect has many causes, but one big contributor is impermeable concrete. In many cities, impermeable concrete covers more than 30% of […]

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Permeable pavement guide helps practitioners avoid pitfalls

To take full advantage of permeable pavement, a green alternative to traditional concrete or asphalt pavers that collect and filter stormwater runoff, infrastructure planners must take many site-specific factors into account. A new guide to permeable pavements written by researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF–IFAS; Gainesville) helps developers, […]

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Porous pavement strengthened with waste carbon fiber composite material maintained infiltration rates above acceptable levels. (Photo courtesy of Washington State University)

Researchers use waste carbon fiber to strengthen permeable pavement

Researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University have demonstrated that permeable pavement can be improved with the addition of recycled carbon fiber composite material. Associate research professor Karl Englund and Assistant professor Somayeh Nassiri supplemented permeable concrete mixes with composite scraps sourced from Boeing (Chicago) manufacturing facilities and found […]

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New green infrastructure investment model receives $1.7 million in funding

Prudential Financial is investing $1.7 million in a pilot collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.) and asset management firm Encourage Capital (New York) to prevent millions of gallons of stormwater runoff originating in Washington D.C. from the entering the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The venture, called District Stormwater LLC, is based on a new […]

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EPA’s Soak Up the Rain campaign encourages action on stormwater runoff

Soak Up the Rain is a stormwater public outreach campaign created by the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help raise awareness about the problem of polluted stormwater runoff and encourage action by citizens, municipalities, and others to help reduce runoff. Launched in 2012, the campaign seeks to highlight the […]

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New drainage technology holds potential for reducing stormwater runoff

Detroit-based Parjana Distribution LLC is partnering with Lawrence Technological University (LTU) on a pilot project that involves testing a new stormwater drainage system for parking lots that is expected to significantly reduce stormwater runoff volumes. The technology, named energy-passive groundwater recharge products (EGRPs), includes 31.75mm-diameter hydrophobic, polyethylene tubes composed of five chambers and open channels […]

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EPA Reports Aid Communities in Implementing Green Infrastructure and Reducing Aquatic Trash

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two new reports in October 2015. The first is a synopsis of EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) findings, lessons learned, and guidance related to green infrastructure. The report, titled Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control: Gauging Its Effectiveness with Community Partners, is the most comprehensive summary of […]

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New Report Examines Practical and Research-Based Lessons on Green Infrastructure

Despite increasing implementation of green infrastructure for stormwater management, information on its design, implementation, operation, and performance is limited. In July, the Science Policy Exchange, in cooperation with Syracuse University, released the report Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Science and Practice. The report is intended to help readers understand the strengths and limitations of green infrastructure. […]

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Are Pervious, Permeable, and Porous Pavers Really the Same?

An article by Mark Walker, director of business development for Kuert Concrete, detailing the differences between pervious, permeable, and porous pavers.

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Knox County, Tenn., Receives Grant for Stormwater Demonstration Park

On Nov. 9, the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative announced $750,000 for nine watershed improvement projects. Knox County was awarded $95,400 in funding to complete Phase 2 of the Harrell Road Stormwater Demonstration Park. The 6-ha (15-ac) park is on a previously abandoned tract. A wetland will filter runoff, and the park will contain other stormwater […]

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