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Dear Editor,

My name is William Spitzenberg II. I am 12 years old and am a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 392. I am writing this letter to pass off one of the requirements for my Communications merit badge.

I would just like to talk to you about my pervious concrete science project that won 1st place in the engineering category grades 6 through 8 during the Island wide Science Fair competition this past month. The science fair committee did not think it was an important project so it didn't place in the overall science fair competition but I think its a solution to a major problem we have.  

I got the idea for my project when my mom drove her car through this giant puddle of water in front of the LDS church in Ottoville and her car immediately died. So, I thought, there has to be a way to solve this problem, because people are complaining about driving over potholes and giant puddles of water in the road.

In this project, I tested several concrete mix designs to see if instead of the water running off on the concrete surface, it would just seep through to the ground. This would allow the water to recharge our groundwater aquifer instead of running off causing flooding and potholes in our roads. This has been a major issue for our community, because of the damage it causes to our vehicles and the environment.

I was able to determine the best mix design that meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and can withstand vehicular traffic that would help fix this problem.

I know that this project can really help our community and I would be happy to share the mix design with anyone who would like to use it for their parking lot or concrete road project. I think it’ll be great to see an entire parking lot or concrete road built with this pervious concrete mix design.

If you are interested in getting my mix design for your project, please contact my mom Leleaga Spitzenberg at

Thank you for letting me write this letter to you and I hope more people will use pervious concrete to help reduce runoff and solve the major problem of huge puddles and potholes in our roadways and parking lots.


William Spitzenberg II