Lake & Water Quality

How to Use Pervious Surfaces to Reduce Erosion and Improve Water Quality

7 Things you can do to prevent storm-water runoff, erosion and even algae blooms in your lake
By Jennifer Baker
Published: August 1, 2012
pervious permeable concrete
CONCRETE? – Yes it is. This is permeable concrete. Unlike traditional concrete, it allows water to pass through it.
Photo by Portland Cement Association
“Impervious and pervious” – we’re seeing these buzzwords a lot lately. To be clear, there are varying degrees of both. To simplify, a pervious surface, like moss, allows fluids, like storm water, to pass through. An impervious surface, like concrete, deflects or allows fluids to pool instead of absorb.  

So, if you’re concerned about minimizing the effects of storm-water runoff at the cabin, what can you do? How do you implement the concept of pervious? Here are seven options that will facilitate the absorption of storm water into your landscape.
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