Staunton: Lot improvements help environment
As part of the City of Staunton’s ongoing efforts to promote healthy waterways, the City will be installing permeable pavers and related materials in the parking lot to help reduce stormwater runoff, which ultimately affects the Chesapeake Bay.
The majority of the Wharf lot parking spaces facing Byers Street will be inaccessible for approximately one month while the project is underway through late April. This project is not expected to overlap with the Johnson Street Parking Garage renovations.
Permeable pavers are a system of interlocking layers of pavement used in areas that are prone to flooding or have inadequate drainage. The system contains joints surrounded by a mixture of rock, gravel and lots of open space and an underground web of small stones varying in size that catch and filter some pollutants out of the water, enhance rainwater drainage and clear areas that often flood.
The project is funded by a $75,000 Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) Grant that will allow the City to install about 4,000 square feet of pavers.
“The pavers are designed to store runoff, reducing the volume of runoff from the parking area and the negative impact of runoff on our streams, lakes and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Nickie Mills, the City’s engineer. “They will also provide an aesthetic benefit as they will extend the traditional brick paver look into the parking area of the Wharf Lot.”
Find out more about the City’s ongoing efforts to prevent stormwater runoff by visiting the Stormwater Management Program page. To report concerns about runoff, call the Stormwater Hotline at 540.213.6517 or email us at StauntonStormwater@ci.