The first porous concrete parking lot on a City-owned property was recently poured as part of the overall construction of the City's new community center at Canaveral City Park! This product allows water to flow through it rather than sheeting off its surface into the street and into the subsequent stormwater system, reducing runoff and even mitigating the threat of flooding. This project falls in line with the City’s larger efforts to increase its use of a design practice called Low Impact Development or LID. LID - as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - refers to systems and practices that use or mimic natural processes that result in the infiltration, evapotranspiration or use of stormwater in order to protect water quality and associated aquatic habitat, such as the nearby Banana River Lagoon.
Examples of these systems and practices include:
- Using permeable or porous pavement to allow runoff to percolate down into the ground where it can be naturally filtered instead of directly going into local watersheds.
- Installing rain barrels to capture runoff and using it later for irrigation.
- Subterranean stormwater chambers to capture runoff and allow it to percolate down into the soil for natural filtration.
- Building rain gardens to absorb excess runoff while also expanding natural habitat.
- Green roofs that can absorb rainwater.
The City has undertaken - and continues to undertake - numerous projects that incorporate LID practices. To learn more, visit the City’s LID guide for residents to see what is possible.