Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Dwight Foster Public Library to Have Pervious Driveway

Thanks to this group.

Library driveway pervious. (Daily Union, 2/3/2011)

Excerpt:   When it rains, it pours ... directly into the Rock River, where runoff from city streets and parking lots can cause downstream flooding and pollute waterways. However, that is not the case with the new Dwight Foster Public Library driveway.

Fort Atkinson's Heart of the City donated $6,900 - the price difference between a standard driveway and one with a permeable surface - to help the city in its commitment toward protecting local waterways. Runoff is reduced or prevented with the porous pavement, which allows water to soak in instead of running off.

"Stormwater runoff is something I never would have thought about, and most of us don't," Heart of the City member Kitty Welch said. "Then, all of a sudden, you realize there is this thing that actually does have a big effect in many ways ... There are just better ways to address these issues, and it's nice to make people aware of that."

Heart of the City is a grassroots citizens group based in Fort Atkinson whose mission is to work toward sustainability in the community through education, projects and thoughtful engagement with neighbors and civic leaders

Related articles:  
Have you checked the construction progress lately?  (9/3/2010)
Why a building project needs a contingency fund.  (8/20/2010)
Groundbreaking pics.  (4/5/2010)
For Atkinson Library Moves to Temporary Home. (3/13/2010)
Fort Atkinson Library Building Project Update. (2/17/2010)
Fort Atkinson library to move to temporary quarters. (12/3/2009)

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