Be River Proud! How to Install Permeable Pavers at Home

The River Authority
Nov 13, 2020

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) staff is committed to safe, clean, enjoyable creeks and rivers but we need YOU to help us protect and preserve area natural resources for future generations. There are many ways you can get involved and Be River Proud! We want to highlight your positive actions so please share with us pictures or videos of you and your loved ones on social media using #BeRiverProud. Once a month, we’ll feature your stories on our blog.

Lisa Arceneaux, P.E. – Homeowners Guide to Installing Permeable Pavers

This month we’d like to introduce to you a steward of the San Antonio River taking action at home. Meet Lisa, an environmental engineer and Francesca Filippone, her student intern from Texas State, who decided to install a residential permeable pavement path that will soak up rain, slow it down, and reduce runoff. You see, Low Impact Development (LID) can be used anywhere and not just in commercial properties! Follow along as Lisa guides us step by step in her Homeowner’s Guide to Installing Permeable Pavers.

A quick tip before you begin!

Tips to know before you install permeable pavers.


For this home project you’ll need:

  • Pavers
  • Gravel
  • Tamper
  • Gloves
  • Levels
  • T-square
  • Shovel
  • Wheel Barrow
  • Rake
  • Mallot

After you’ve gathered your materials, follows these 6 steps:

Permeable Pavers

Watch the process here: 


Check out the finished product!

Permeable pavers installed at a residence.


As Lisa mentions in her guide, using hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt are impervious cover and cause rainwater to collect on top or run off carrying pollutants and contributing to localized flooding. With LID features like permeable pavement, water is infiltrated, provides many benefits, and adds a nice aesthetic to any home.

Bookmark or print the complete Homeowner’s Guide to Installing Permeable Pavers for your next DIY home project and don’t forget to share with us!

Another LID feature that provides much of the same benefits is a rain garden. Read about how you can install a rain garden in your home on our Sustainability page.  

Show us your river pride for a chance to be featured on our blog!

  1. Engage in activity showing river pride such as: recreating along the San Antonio River, showing your stewardship for the San Antonio River, and using sustainability practices at your home. To find more examples, read Show Your River Pride and What You Can Do at River Authority parks.
  2. Post a picture of your activity on social media!
  3. Tag @sanantonioriver
  4. Include #beriverproud