Depaving can be a big help when managing stormwater. Many of our properties have paved areas that are hardly used! Every impervious hardscape added up makes hundreds of square miles of surfaces where water cannot infiltrate into the soil. Likewise, every little bit we break away adds up to a big benefit for all of us.
If the impervious area is unnecessary, removal is recommended. Given the average rainfall in Portland, one square foot of pavement removed can prevent on average, 22 gallons of runoff per year*. If rainwater can be in filtered in the soil as it falls from the sky onto our properties, we will have less runoff issues overall.