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Porous Asphalt Project Completed at Halsted Middle School

Wednesday, December 02, 2020



The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, working in partnership with the Newton Public School District and C&V Paving, recently completed on a porous asphalt project at Halsted Middle School in Newton. The project is being funded by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and will help to reduce the volume of stormwater flowing off of the school’s campus during a rainstorm. Because rainwater will soak through the porous asphalt and into the soil underneath, this will prevent ice from forming on the asphalt in the winter and will reduce the amount of road salt that will need to be applied to the pavement, helping to decrease the amount of pollution that enters the Paulins Kill River.

This project is being combined with the rain garden project that the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group completed at the school in July 2019. Students in the Choose 2 Connect after school enrichment program helped to install the rain garden as part of an outdoor field lesson organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The school and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group look forward to being able to utilize the porous asphalt project as another outdoor educational tool for students to educate them about the importance of stormwater management.