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What the National Ready Mix Concrete Association is saying about Pervious Concrete

According to the NRMCA “the proper utilization of pervious concrete is a Best Management Practice by the U.S. Environmental protection Agency(EPA) for providing first flush pollution control and stormwater management.”

Here is everything and more than you ever wanted to know about pervious concrete.

The NRMCA offers great information on pervious and other concrete applications; it is your one stop shop for information on pervious concrete.

Click the above link to download the full article in PDF.

What is a rain garden?

What is a rain garden?.

Local business takes measures to keep our water ways clean!

Check out The Woof Room

As you know clean water is my passion, so I love it when I find local businesses that are doing their part to protect our water ways. If I had a dog I would check them out. Support local, support clean water.



Look where I found news on Percoa!

Percoa can help combat erosion by slowing down the velocity and volume of storm water. Check out MN Erosion Control’s News Letter

Minnesota Erosion Control Association

Article by Green Building Elements

I found this interesting article in Green Building Elements and thought I would share.

Pervious Pavement: Rescuing a Reservior Near You?

by Chris Keenan

Why Stormwater Management is important to you

Stormwater is not just the result of rainstorms, it is made up of water from precipitation events including rain and snow, but it is also caused from the runoff produced while watering your lawn. In downtown and urban areas this problem is more of an issue due to larger impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots and buildings.  These impervious surfaces do not drain like sand and soil.

Why this is a problem

Hardscapes such as parking lots which are impervious, direct large amounts of water across their surfaces into a common path, leading to flooding, erosion and change in waterways.

Pervious surfaces (soil, sand and Percoa) send the water directly into the ground where it lands.

 This process

  1. slows down erosion by cutting water velocity from rain events
  2. keeps water on site rather than directing it into a common path, which causes flash flooding
  3. protects waterways from large dumping’s of stormwater, which triggers flooding due to excess water in the system

Why this is important to you

Water is a precious commodity and we cannot live without it. Changing waterways course changes ecosystems. Polluted runoff pollutes groundwater. Flooding and pollutants cause weed invasions in lakes, streams and rivers.

Effective Stormwater management is a vital step in protecting our precious commodity, water.

Using Percoa as your stormwater management plan benefits not only you but our water systems as well.

Water is life’s master and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.

 Albert Szent-Gyoryi

Do you know the significance of 11:11?

Neither did I.
On a regular basis I found myself looking at the clock to see 11:11. I began to wonder at its significance, if any. More interesting is that my boyfriend was doing the same thing.

Apparently we are not the only ones seeing 11:11; that said, I am going to put some thought into what it means for me. My passion is cleaning up our water ways, so maybe helping change our world for the better is my path.
Think of clean water when you see 11:11

Knowing that it was not just me, I set out to find answers, I hit the web.
What I found were pages and pages on Google about the significance of 11:11. Common themes were spiritual, metaphysical, astronomical and religious.

The number 11 has been linked to mystery and power since ancient times. All forms of number research and
study, including Numerology, the ancient science of Gematria, and the secret wisdom of Kabbalah, all give
significant importance to 11, and 11 derivatives – 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, and 99.

The number 11 is considered a master number and worldwide people have begun expressing strong feelings about it. The sightings of 11:11 have become more prevalent in the last five years.

But what does it all mean?

*The new agers believe it is a wake up call to change your life.
*Others believe that 11:11 refers to Bible verses
*And many believe that repeatedly seeing the number 11:11 is a sign that your spirit guide is trying to get your attention

Mathematically the number eleven has a special characteristic in mathematics where it is the sixth prime number. It contains some interesting peculiarities where the number eleven times itself equals a palindrome:
(2 digits) 11 x 11 = 121
(6 digits) 111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
(9 digits) 111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

For the Dakota Sioux the 11:11 Laws are symbols known as the Maka Wicahpi Wicohan (“Earth Star Ways”) there are 11 Universal Laws and 11 Spiritual Laws. The Spirit cited them as the 11:11. The Universal Laws are feminine and the Spiritual Laws are masculine.

What can you do to make a difference?

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