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Most Houstonians know this parking lot at the corner of a busy intersection. Drainage in this lot currently flows toward the center of the car aisles, which are also unusually wide. This creates a great opportunity to use that wasted space for a bioretention basin. It would be constructed by removing the existing concrete and replacing it with about 1 foot of gravel, and at least 2 feet of engineered soilmix with selected plants that can thrive if submerged during and after a stormevent.


The low-cost use of a high-quality nativemulchmaterial


also improves soil health and function, and should be incor- porated into all landscaped medians and islands within park- ing lots. Permeable pavement is amore expensive yet quite effec-


tive stormwatermanagement tool for parking lots. It includes pervious concrete (concrete without finematerials), pervious asphalt, concrete grid pavers, and permeable interlocking concrete pavers. Permeable pavementmay function as paving and drainage system all in one by reducing the need for a storm sewer or drainage system or significantly decreasing the size of the stormsewer pipe. Permeable pavement’s primary stormwater benefit is the


reduction of peak runoff rates, as well as providing detention or retention storage. It also provides some stormwater quality benefits.Various permeable pavement products may reduce the urban heat island effect when substituted for traditional asphalt paving primarily due to color and reflectivity. The overall design and long-term performance of these


materials has improved substantially in recent years, provided that recommendedmaintenance protocols are followed.


Jennifer Walker, PE, Jeff Chapman, AIA, and Julie Hendricks, AIA, are with Kirksey Architecture. They can be reached through www.kirksey.com.


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one to two days.The vegetation within rain gardens is select- ed to tolerate and thrive in temporarily submerged as well as dry conditions. Bioretention is an excellent stormwater management


tool that provides detention or storage, reduction in the mag- nitude of the peak runoff, and improved stormwater quality (or reduction in pollutants in the runoff).This particular strat- egy is well-suited to roadway and parking lot projects, and is used extensively in various regions of the U.S. Grassed swales also slow down the peak rate of runoff


and provide detention for stormwater runoff. They are most effective around the perimeter of parking lots or between rows of parking. Soil improvements are an inexpensive way to achieve


healthy soil, which leads to healthier vegetation, as well as to reduced stormwater runoff. The ecological function and “sponge capacity” of the soil on-site may be enhanced through soil improvements, which may involve importing engineered soil mixes onto the site. Generally, these mixes have specified ratios of organic materials, sandy soils and minimal clay content.


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