Pavement removal is the replacement of conventional asphalt or other impervious surface with native grasses and plants, or permeable pavement. This allows rain water to seep into the ground rather than runoff directly into creeks and streams, which causes erosion, degrades habitat, and contributes to poor water quality. Removing the pavement restores the natural process by which rainwater soaks into the soil and replenishes groundwater. The benefits of pavement removal include:
- It helps protect water quality and reduce erosion downstream
- It helps reduce flooding
- It replenishes groundwater resources
- It enhances the aesthetics of a community through better landscaping
- It creates wildlife habitat
For further information on pavement removal, please refer to the factsheet available here. For guidelines on how to remove pavement on your property, click here.