Laura Hopkins and Jim Countryman are the recipients of the 2014 Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Urban Conservation Award. With assistance from the district’s cost share program, the couple installed permeable paving and a rain garden at their home on McClellan Boulevard in Davenport. The pervious patio allows water to infiltrate into layers of rock placed below the pavement and then into surrounding soils. The movement of water through the rock and soil helps filter out pollutants, maintain stable stream flows and can reduce flood potential. The adjacent rain garden provides additional water cleansing benefits, as well as capturing additional storm water run-off.
Jim and Laura installed the storm water infiltration practices with an understanding of the multiple benefits they provide. Laura said, “It gave us a great opportunity to create a beautiful space and its construction requirements provided an opportunity to eliminate water seepage into our basement.” The projects demonstarte a commitment to managing their property in a way that carefully considers soil and water conservation. Laura said they do this, “Because we are all responsible for doing whatever we can to do our part.”