Why Impervious Surfaces?

Good question. An obsession with pavement is not healthy. However, as we've noted on the Impervious Surfaces home page, impervious surfaces are widely recognized as an excellent indicator of urbanization, and the impacts of urbanization on water resources. The point is, those interested in preventing and/or mitigating the impacts of urbanization on water resources need to be aware of impervious surfaces—their relationship to the water cycle, their impacts on waterways, and the ways that this relationship can be used to inform better community planning and site design.

For the former, we refer you to the articles below on Impervious Surface and Water Quality (this is not the emphasis of this site, but we can send you to people who do this for a living).

For the later, we refer you to the Planning and Design section of this site. This section, admittedly, deviously reroutes you to other portions of the NEMO website, but then again, we've been doing this for a long time and there's a lot to visit.

HOWEVER: To truly get into planning and design implications of impervious surfaces, you probably need to know more about Estimating and Mapping them. The lion's share of this site is devoted to a variety of UConn/CLEAR studies (and a few other key studies) on this topic.

Lastly, if you're from Connecticut, the Data & Maps section will contain a lot of the information you need, thus relieving you of the need to slog through those complicated papers in the aforementioned section.

Impervious Surfaces & Water Quality

Connecticut Studies:

Impervious Surfaces & Vegetation

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