California in Cincinnati is green

California in Cincinnati is green

At the California Nature Preserve in the Cincinnati neighborhood of California, they have one of the only “green” paved parking lots in
the region.

Ever since I returned from Germany last November I have been interested in what it would take to get more of this type of pavement here (over traditional asphalt or concrete). In Germany they are everywhere, not being just aesthetically more pleasing than the alternative, but it also allows rain run-off to seep into the ground (guess it’s not really run-off then, is it?).

Just one of the many ways to improve the local environment…

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

1 thought on “California in Cincinnati is green”

  1. run off water is still combined with waste water and processed via our water treatment plants in cincinnati. i was informed yesterday that even with a rain barrel to collect the run-off from my roof that there is still a law on the books, (omg hold your breath) that says that i have to have a plan for the run off from my barrel or I am breaking the law. old laws are so silly, but keep the system going i guess. “food for thought”

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