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DePAVE the WAY!

Did you know that 77% of Somerville is covered with impervious surfaces? During a heavy rain, storm drains can get overwhelmed, resulting in flooded basements.

Did you know that 77% of Somerville is covered with impervious surfaces? This means that during a heavy rain, rainwater runs down driveways and parking lots into the streets, where it picks up pollutants and trash, and then gushes into the storm drains, which also carry human wastes. When the storm drains get overwhelmed, that water sometimes floods basements. What to do?

See this TEDxSomerville DePAVE the WAY video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlTG0Y_zknc

Somerville Climate Action helps organize residents and build community, by hosting Depaving Parties! We help residents who want to replace asphalt on their property with vegatation or permeable surfaces, by organizing a big party, something like an old-fashioned barn-raising.

Check out this time-lapse depaving video!
http://somerville.patch.com/articles/residents-rip-up-18000-pounds-of-asphalt#video-2291440

Here are the next two Depaving Parties:

* Saturday, June 2 from 1-4pm at 50 Francesca Ave. (near Davis Square)

* Saturday, June 16 from 12-3 at Vinal Ave. (across from the Growing Center)

Please sign up on this Google Groups form to let us know you'll be joining the party! Bring your kids!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFFZbE1OS05XblFXYl9EQUc2UzVKcmc6MQ

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Paula Woolley May 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Whenever houses are converted to condos, the yards get paved over to make a parking space for at least one car per unit. (This increases the selling price over tandem parking -- ie, sharing a driveway.) Can the city do something to stop this practice by allowing a lot less of a property to be paved over?
Lenni Armstrong May 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Thanks for calling attention to this practice. I agree it would be good to contact the appropriate city official(s) and get a dialog going about this. Does anyone know what steps need to be taken?
Lenni Armstrong May 31, 2012 at 01:51 PM
IMPORTANT NOTICE for the June 2 Depaving Party. Due to the forecast for rain, it has been rescheduled to: SUNDAY, JUNE 3, from noon-3pm As luck would have it, NOAA's forecast for Saturday June 2 is "90% chance of heavy rain". Sorry for the inconvenience, but that's not conducive weather for wielding sledgehammers and pickaxes. I hope to see you on Sunday, which is forecast to be a beautiful, sunny 71 degree day! - Lenni
Lenni Armstrong June 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
SUNDAY, June 3 Depaving Party: CANCELLED - Due to predicted poor weather. We SO MUCH appreciate your passion for permanently improving Somerville's ecosystem by depaving! Thanks for your patience with dealing with factors out of our control. We hope you will consider joining us on Saturday, June 16 from noon-3 instead (rain date is Sunday, June 17 from noon-3). As always, call if you have any questions: 617-764-1682. Towards a more resilient Somerville, Lenni
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