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Parking Lots vs. Water Quality

August 4, 2012

The next time you see a massive parking lot being developed
ask local politicians – “where does the rain water go ?”

Parking lots accumulate a lot of pollutants like:

oil
grease
heavy metals
sediment

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Tech Plaza 12 VanDyke Warren

Tech Plaza 12 VanDyke Warren

Those pollutants are not absorbed by their non-porous surfaces.
The thunderstorm rains will wash all these pollutants into the drains
– which flow into the local Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.
Parking lots prevent rain from soaking into the ground.
The trees are cleared and the paved surfaces absorb more
solar radiation than its surroundings, thus raising temperatures.

So ask and challange developers when they claim they need
20 or 30 or 40 acres for parking , since it often goes – unused.

Generic archaic parking standards have simply not kept up the
complexity of modern 2012 society.
Cost per parking space includes land, construction, maintenance,
utilities, insurance, administrative, operation costs and a
severe cost to ground water environmentally.
Michigan is a Water Playground, let’s treat it that way.

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