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The more concrete or blacktop your property has, the more water will run off the property and into storm sewers and ditches. 75% more rain water sinks into the ground in a natural vs. developed area. Storm water that flows from developed areas also carries oil, grease, fertilizer, bacteria, exhaust particles, etc.

Planning for minimal hard surface on your property makes good sense. Consider the amount of runoff that will be generated by roofs, pavement & sidewalks. Focus on natural plantings and slow water so that it filters into the ground rather than runs off. Where needed, install pavement such as bricks that allows water to sink into the ground.

Minimizing runoff reduces damage to your property and others down stream, and may also save you money if you live in a city that has a storm water utility. Storm water utility fees are based on the amount of runoff your property sends to the municipal storm sewer system.


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