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Division Of Water Quality Seeking Comments On Expanding Permeable Pavement Stormwater Credits PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 June 2012 12:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Developers who use permeable pavement rather than concrete or asphalt on projects anywhere in North Carolina would be eligible for stormwater credits now restricted to eastern North Carolina. 

But before the change can take effect, state officials are seeking public comments. The deadline is July 31. Information is available at www.ncwaterquality.org. Click on the Permeable Pavement Revisions link under Hot Topics. 
According to a news release from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, permeable pavement is an alternative to concrete and asphalt that allows stormwater to infiltrate through its surface and soak into the ground or be stored and released. Research shows stormwater discharge can be reduced by up to 90 percent using this material rather than concrete or asphalt.
"The proposed change from the state Division of Water Quality takes into account the different soil types found in the state and gives more credit for properly designed and constructed systems in sandy soils than for those in clay soils," the release says. "Proper maintenance of the permeable pavement is critical to continued benefits from its installation. Without proper maintenance, sediments can clog the pores that allow infiltration and compromise the pavement’s effectiveness."
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Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 12:52
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