Special pavement to keep stormwater out of river

Brian Ethridge

August 21, 2014

Quinnipiac-River-ConnecticutA new parking lot in Plainville, Connecticut, will help keep the nearby Quinnpiac River clean thanks to porous pavement and other materials.

Around 4,000 square feet of “special pavement” and two under layers of crushed rock will help clean an estimated 400,000 gallons of stormwater run-off each year.

“It helps in two ways. It allows runoff from 66,000 square feet of pavement to seep into the ground instead of going directly into the Quinnipiac,” Kendall Barbery, green projects coordinator for the Save The Sound program of the Connecticut Fund, said. “For The Environment. “The water is cleaned — we call it “polished” — by passing through the layers of crushed stone. It also helps by getting water into the underground aquifer that otherwise would run into the river without seeping into the ground.”

The parking lot is located near the Trumbull Park ballfields and was designed as part of a multistage process by the Connecticut Fund For The Environment to reduce stormwater, capture it, clean it and return it to underground water supplies.

Similar work is planned for surrounding areas.

Stormwater is something the industry has started to take very serious. The EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) has been known to fine companies for stormwater violations in the past. This has even led some companies to provide stormwater relief.

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