Last year's floods inspired Dubuque County, Iowa Conservationists to find a new way of dealing with storm water runoff. After cleaning up more than $5 million worth of damage, including a mess along The Heritage Trail, park rangers came up with a plan to prevent future flooding.
On Monday crews installed a different drainage system at the Swiss Valley Nature Center, one you won't find in many places.
Brick by Brick Wayne Klostermann and his crew are building this driveway at Swiss Valley Nature Center. But it's what's underneath the bricks. Below ground level crews installed what is called Interlocking Pervious Concrete Pavement. Basically it's a system that soaks up storm water and drains it into the ground-keeping the water from flooding streets.
Wayne Klostermann with River Valley Landscaping says, "Where ever we've got intersections in our street, if we did pervious pavement, we virtually eliminate the need for curbs, gutters, pipes, sewers and detention basins."
It's an alternative to traditional cement. Klostermann says it costs about the same as pouring concrete but it's much better for the environment. Another green element of this project, they are using broken glass from old beer bottles, to fill in the cracks between each brick.
The Upper Catfish Creek Watershed Project paid for the new system at Swiss Valley Park. Installers say the system could be affordable for many homeowners, too.