Pervious pavement is an innovative stormwater management strategy that allows water from rain or snowmelt to flow through the pavement, into a stone base, and then infiltrate into the native soils below. This paving method reduces the amount of stormwater that runs off the pavement and protects nearby surface waters from stormwater pollution. Research conducted in New Hampshire has shown pervious pavement to reduce the need for the application of de-icing products by as much as 70% and to eliminate ponding on pavement.
This summer AUNE partnered with the New Hampshire Rivers Council to become a pervious pavement demonstration site. As a result, two sidewalks that lead to the AUNE main lobby were repaved with the new porous material. The sidewalk demonstration sites will serve as an educational resource for AUNE students, faculty, and staff as well as local government officials, homeowners, developers, contractors, and other visitors to AUNE. The sites, which will provide research opportunities to AUNE faculty and students, will also offer an interpretation that addresses the importance of stormwater management.
“A demonstration of this type will help educate AUNE building users and visitors about how to integrate these proven pervious pavement technologies into their own stormwater management projects and increase general awareness of stormwater and its impact on the environment and water quality,” said AUNE President David Caruso. “We are pleased to be able to provide this opportunity in the Monadnock Region.”
The project is funded through a grant from the Hunt Foundation to the New Hampshire Rivers Council. The Northern New England Concrete Promotion Association and Monadnock region contractors Philip Hamilton Excavating, LLC, and Carroll Concrete provided the labor and materials for the project.