Pavement Reduction & Hardscape Removal
Hard surfaces serve as a pollution gateway to our waterways. Impervious surfaces (such as parking pads, walkways, and driveways) prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground and recharging groundwater supplies. Paved surfaces also add to the heat island effect, the phenomenon where urban areas are hotter than surrounding, non-urban areas.
Reducing pavement — by replacing it with lawn, landscaping or pervious pavers — allows water to naturally filter into the ground, instead of rushing to the nearest waterway.
- Beautifies your property
- Allows more space for landscaping or recreation
- Reduces the speed of stormwater flow
- Decreases the amount of stormwater runoff
- Allows for natural groundwater recharge
Blue Water Baltimore’s Water Audit Program provides financial incentives for pavement and concrete removal from residential and institutional properties.
Consider replacing your parking pad, driveway or patio with native plants, gravel or pervious pavers.
Pavement Reduction FAQs
Can I hire Blue Water Baltimore to remove my pavement?
Yes. You can hire Blue Water Baltimore to remove your hardscape. Your project should include removing 100 square feet or more of pavement to be replaced with pervious materials, lawn, landscaping or garden. Contact Ashley at 410-245-1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What are pervious pavers and where can I find them?
There are lots of options for pervious (or permeable) pavers. These alternatives allow stormwater to pass through the surface to be absorbed by the ground. The type of alternative you choose will be based on how the area will be used and resources that are available. Visit the Water Audit Resources page for more information about how to select and purchase pervious pavers.
How do I get a rebate for my pavement removal project?
Register now for the Water Audit Program. Following your site assessment, summit your pavement reduction form at least 2 weeks prior to breaking ground. After your project has been installed, complete the rebate form.