In mid-May, the House Committee on Appropriations marked up its FY19 Transportation-HUD (THUD) Appropriations Bill.
In the Committee Report to accompany that bill, the House Appropriations Committee Members included language supported by ICPI that is designed to help overcome barriers to adoption for PICP.
ICPI has been working with the Committee and selected staff, including hosting of a major demonstration of PICP water infiltration capabilities in the fall of 2017.
The key passage in the Report appears as follows:
Permeable Pavements.—The Committee encourages the Secretary to accelerate research, demonstration, and deployment for permeable pavements to achieve flood mitigation, pollutant reduction, stormwater runoff reduction, and conservation. The Committee encourages the Secretary to conduct comprehensive life cycle cost analyses of permeable pavements compared to non-permeable pavements. The Committee encourages the Secretary to conduct full-scale load testing to establish structural design methods for permeable pavements to enhance roadway stormwater mitigation and flood reduction. The Secretary should make findings of this research available to state and local departments of transportation.
As part of ICPI’s educational efforts on the Hill, ICPI has advocated consideration of stormwater mitigation as a goal for roadways. ICPI has linked permeable pavements with stormwater benefits, with impact. “Permeables” and “stormwater” are now appearing in other contexts, as in the following provision:
Storm hazard mitigation for multimodal transit hubs.—The Committee encourages the Secretary to allow mitigation and weatherproofing activities on or near multimodal transportation hubs as eligible for funds administered by the Department of Transportation. This includes activities that would reduce the risk of flooding associated with natural disasters surrounding the structure such as urban trees, vegetation, passive parkland, and increased permeable surfaces and storm water control. These elements not only provide opportunities to mitigate transportation pollution and improve air quality but also enhance the structure’s security elements and help to reduce the structure’s energy use, lowering overall operating costs.
ICPI congratulates the House Appropriations Committee for listening, and for its fine work on permeables language in the THUD Appropriations Bill.
ICPI will shift focus to the Senate Appropriations Committee for its version of the THUD bill. Look for further updates regarding permeables-based provision in the FHWA funding legislation in coming weeks as funding bills track across Capitol Hill.