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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.
Percoa-Pre-cast pervious Concrete is specialized concrete containing reduced sand or “fines” which allows water to drain through it.
Properly installed Percoa will
* reduce storm water runoff volume
* reduce storm water runoff rate
* reduce storm water pollutants
* reduce storm water erosion
Pervious concrete, has been in use for approximately 150 years, it was not until 20 years ago that it was successfully employed in various applications in the United States (American Concrete Institute 2006). Communities have found many ways to incorporate pervious concrete into practice; such as tree protection, stormwater runoff reduction, and increased pervious area on a site (Offenberg 2005a).
SOURCE; Michael Davy
Water drains through it. It’s like a rock sponge! Percoa looks like a Rice Krispy bar or piece of natural pumice
Properly constructed Percoa surfaces are durable, low maintenance, and have a low life cycle cost.
Because of its unique properties, Percoa is rapidly gaining acceptance worldwide as an effective means to combat the damaging effects of storm water runoff and reduce pollution.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 90 percent of surface pollutants are carried by the first 1-1/2 inch of rainfall.
Storm water drains don’t typically channel this polluted runoff to treatment facilities, but instead convey it directly into local water bodies.
Polluted runoff, if not diverted, ends up in our waterways along with water that is heated as it flows over paved surfaces and into the watershed.
The concern being that temperature change in a stream or lake can harm aquatic plants and wildlife.
The use of pervious concrete (Percoa)is widely accepted as an effective material to capture, filter and disperse storm water runoff and is among the Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) recommended by the EPA as well as by other agencies
Percoa’s proprietary, patent-pending products can be used for…
new construction or retro-fitting existing concrete or asphalt surfaces such as
storm water runoff basins
and many other applications where water runoff is a concern.
Percoa combats the harmful effects of pollution entering the water supply, and helps reduce temperature changes.
Use it for your next project!
PERCOA because clean water is a global responsibility
I just started reading up on this project, the “Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is kicking off a program that offers grants for projects that protect water resources by stabilizing shorelines and stream banks or utilizing stormwater best management practices (BMPs).”(SOURCE: TANGLETOWN NEIGHBOORHOOD)
It is just one more step towards cleaner waterways and, this empowers homeowners to participate in the process. Yes, we are moving forward!
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