Increases in hard surfaces such as pavement, roads and housing development have an impact on the process of run-off, infiltration and erosion. When trees and natural vegetation cover is replaced with hard surfaces the water runs off more quickly and soaks in less.
Hard surfaces may cause:
Examples of innovations to address issues associated with hard surfaces include:
Last updated: 22 March 2013
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Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2013) Hard surfaces, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/pressures/lacustrine-palustrine-threats/hydrology/impervious-surfaces.html