Eco Dublin Plays Role in Cleaning Up Lake Tahoe

Research has found that fine sediments entering Lake Tahoe are a major contributing factor to the reduction of lake clarity over the years. One of the identified sources of those fine sediments is the streets, highways and parking areas of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

While in the process of building a shared use path along SR28 for cyclist and pedestrians, the Nevada Department of Transportation took the opportunity to improve the clarity of the lake with a new stormwater filtration system that incorporates Eco Dublin® permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) in the off-highway parking areas. Instead of running off of the paved areas and directly into the lake, stormwater will now percolate through the joints of the PICP parking areas, where contaminants can be trapped by the aggregate base, and down into a filtration system, where runoff is captured for volume management and released into existing storm-drain infrastructure. Filtered water will then enter the lake with the majority of the pollutants removed.

Eco Dublin was specifically chosen due to its aesthetic quality. With a multi-tone look, the modular three-piece Eco Dublin system can be installed in an ashlar pattern, as opposed to the majority of PICP products, which are typically single-sized units installed in a herringbone pattern. The paver color featured is “Victorian,” a natural-looking blend of gray, charcoal and tan.

Eco Dublin plays a triple role in the SR28 project, not only improving the aesthetics of highway, but also improving the quality of the lake water and creating a safer environment for visitors in dire need of adequate off-road parking. Although sections of the project have already been completed and are currently in use, the SR28 project in its entirety is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

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