29 Dec '15, 3pm

How a parking lot makeover can reduce flooding, nourish native plants, and keep waterways

To the unwitting eye, the resulting lot will look more or less like any other parking lot. It will be made from asphalt and there will be designated spaces in which cars will, you know, park. However, the lot will contain a variety of other seamless features that will make it a boost to the environment. Trenches will guide rain water to the edge of the pavement where it can sink into the ground and be absorbed in planted areas, which are known as bioswales. The plants will act as natural filters, cleaning the rainwater before it seeps into the ground. This system will also keep excess rain water (or rapid snowmelt) out of municipal sewers and circumvent flooding.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/how-a-parking-lot-makeover-can-r...

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