Soak it Up! Permeable Pavement Workshop

As fields become roads and forests become buildings, storm water from heavy rainfall has nowhere to go but into the sewers. When the quantity of water in our sewers reaches capacity, the water (which may be contaminated with garbage, oil, and chemicals) is sent to Lake Ontario untreated.

Many people are bothered by the sight of water sloshing off dirty road surfaces into sewers and contaminating our water supply. While we can’t exactly eliminate roadways, there are ways to replace impermeable surfaces on your property with permeable ones. Permeable surfaces help soak up water before it enters storm sewers. The water filters through the ground and is cleaned naturally by the earth before being dumped into Lake Ontario.

Come to EcoHouse (22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton) on Saturday, August 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm to learn about the conveniences and benefits of using permeable pavement. This FREE workshop will provide you with the information you need to create your own permeable driveways and walkways at home. Need hands-on experience? You’ll be helping to install a small section of permeable pavement on the property. Be sure to pay attention—there is a lot of information to absorb!

For more information or to register, please contact Kathryn 905-540-8787 ext. 114 or email

Want to learn more information about how you can help control storm water? Visit

-Evan Gravely

0 Responses to Soak it Up! Permeable Pavement Workshop

  • Any idea if this has changed in the last few years? I’ve heard about problems with taxpayers paying wind generators high generation fees only to have to pay Americans to take unwanted power during windy nights. Also, I’ve heard that some countries (Spain?) abandoning such programs due to high cost combined with austerity. Are we setting ourselves up for a similar future?

    • Thanks for the comment Bob. According to some sources, the FIT rate for wind generation is still lower than nuclear with all factors included (stranded debt, new construction, waste disposal, etc.). Yes, we pay Americans sometimes to take our electricity during low peak periods – we can blame all forms of generation for this – it’s hard to manage all the various types of generation. Folks blame wind because it’s not easy to predict when the wind blows and it’s even harder to dial down nuclear in a reasonably fast way. What we really need, and what will no doubt eventually happen, is electricity storage means for renewables. Spain has experienced collapse of their economy – for lots of reasons that have little to do with their renewable subsidies. Look at Germany that started this wave of renewable subsidy programs over a decade ago and has just recently committed even more funding into the future due to it’s success. Interesting note: Australia just announced that renewables are cheaper than building new fossil fuel and nuclear plants. The Ontario Green Energy Act is far from perfect, but it’s absolutely the way of the future and one I am glad to see us investing in.

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