Permeable Pavement Makes Local Headlines

Back in June, I wrote about permeable pavement in cooler climates.  At that time, permeable pavement was still a fairly new idea in Northwest Ohio and I think it took some time to digest as a real alternative in stormwater management. 

Over the past two weeks, Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara has brought new light to this subject by holding a press conference highlighting permeable pavement and its positive benefits to our stormwater systems and ultimately our rivers and streams.  He has proposed a resolution that would change a land use zoning code that currently allows for permeable pavement but restricts the use to only overflow parking areas.  This change would give developers and engineers the okay to design entire parking lots with pervious surfaces.  This would not require its use, but encourage it as an alternative.  This is a positive step in the right direction for the City of Toledo.

Kudos to Councilman McNamara for not letting the environment take a back seat in today’s economic crisis. 

For those of you currently looking through your municipal or county regulations, take a look to see if there are any current barriers that would restrict these types of green infrastructure.  A good reference to help guide you is American Rivers’ Local Water Policy Innovation manual that outlines how to address your local officials and make real change in your community.