Pavement pounded as flood factor in Massachusetts

04/6/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Pavement may be a factor in recent floods in Massachusetts, as roads, parking lots, sidewalks and patios block the ground from absorbing stormwater runoff. About 56% of Boston is paved over, according to the Charles River Watershed Association. "The collective way we live as a society creates acres and acres of impervious surfaces we didn't have before,'' said Maria Rose, an environmental engineer for Newton, Mass.

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