What is a ‘Depave’ Project?
Hard surfaces, such as driveways, parking lots and buildings interrupt the natural water cycle by preventing rain water from soaking into the ground and creating heat sinks, warming up our cities. By removing pavement and replacing it with native plants, trees and shrubs we are increasing the infiltration rate, recharging our groundwater supply, and cooling our neighbourhoods.
Pavement is an impermeable surface, so all the water that hits it eventually flows off of it, usually into municipal stormwater systems. By removing pavement and creating gardens, polluted run-off is reduced, since gardens are permeable and absorb rainwater as it falls. Eventually this water soaks back into groundwater aquifers, giving us more clean drinking water. Plants also absorb carbon dioxide, and access to green spaces have been proven to be good for mental health.
Are you interested in getting involved in a depave project? Do you know of a space that needs depaving?
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**Correction: The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and is one of Canada’s leading granting foundation. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects this year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities and their grant will also enable Reep Green Solutions to host this depave project.