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Porous Asphalt Project Gets Underway at McKeown School

Thursday, August 08, 2019


McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township is in the midst of repaving the school’s parking lot, but this parking lot will be different from all of the other schools in Sussex County. With funding provided by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, McKeown School will be installing porous asphalt in a large portion of their parking lot.

Unlike traditional parking lots that allow polluted stormwater to run off over the hard, impenetrable pavement and into the storm drains (sewers) after rainstorms, the McKeown School porous parking lot will be able to soak up the rainwater where it falls. Porous pavement has tiny spaces between the rocks that allow water to pass through it and then be absorbed into the soil below.

Because the porous pavement will help reduce the distance over the land that the rainwater will flow over, porous pavement will help reduce the amount of pollution that eventually ends up in our rivers and streams.