Projects & Programs - Keep the Rain from the Drain

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ~ Incorporating Green Infrastructure Resiliency in the Raritan River Basin

Background:

The Raritan River Basin is approximately 1,100 square miles in size and contains portions of seven counties and 98 municipalities. Based upon a preliminary land cover analysis of the entire basin, the basin contains approximately 140 square miles of impervious cover or 89,482 acres of impervious cover. For the New Jersey water quality design storm of 1.25 inches of rain over two-hours, approximately three billion gallons of stormwater flows across these impervious surfaces in the design storm. Assuming an annual rainfall of 44 inches, approximately 107 billion gallons of stormwater drains from these impervious surfaces per year. As our climate changes, New Jersey can expect more intense storms and more annual rainfall, which will result in more flooding and higher risk for residents and businesses within the Raritan River Basin. Better management of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces will help municipalities in the Raritan River Basin become more resilient.

Project description:

This project will lay the foundation to reduce future flooding impacts from the impervious surfaces in the Raritan River Basin, improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and increase resiliency. This project will complete impervious cover assessments and reduction action plans for 54 municipalities within the Raritan River Basin. The project will produce a guidance document for municipalities on "How-To" implement green infrastructure strategies to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces on water quality. This project will review a sampling of local ordinances and master plans to determine how to incorporate impervious cover reduction strategies into such plans and ordinances. This project also will install "climate resilient" green infrastructure practices in the Basin to reduce the water quality and flooding impact of impervious surfaces, helping to move these 54 municipalities towards climate resiliency.

This project will implement climate resilient green infrastructure practices that will treat five (5) to ten (10) acres of impervious surfaces, capturing 68 to 136 million gallons of stormwater annually. More importantly, the project will provide 54 municipalities with plans that contain projects that could treat an additional 50 acres of impervious surfaces in the Raritan River Basin. This project will empower communities to change policy and take action.

Project location:

Click here for a map identifying the location of the 54 municipalities within the Raritan River Basin.

In the News:

Resources:

Click here to access Understanding Your Impervious Cover Assessment (ICA) Report E-learning tool.

Click here to access Impervious Cover Assessment (ICA) and Impervious Cover Reduction Action Plan: The Answer to All Your Problems E-learning tool.

Click here to access the Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual.

Click here to access Ideas and Resources for Implementing Green Infrastructure in Your Community - Planning documents, programs, and ordinances E-learning tool.

Municipalities in the Raritan River Basin:

Links are provided to the impervious cover assessments (ICA), impervious cover reduction action plans (RAP), and RAP web maps completed to date for each of the 54 municipalities within the Raritan River Basin.

HUNTERDON COUNTY

Delaware Twp

Franklin Twp

East Amwell Twp

Raritan Twp

Flemington Boro

Readington Twp

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Dunellen Boro

North Brunswick Twp

East Brunswick Twp

Old Bridge Twp

Edison Twp

Perth Amboy City

Helmetta Boro

Piscataway Twp

Highland Park Boro

Sayreville Boro

Jamesburg Boro

South Amboy City

Metuchen Boro

South Brunswick Twp

Middlesex Boro

South Plainfield Boro

Milltown Boro

South River Boro

Monroe Twp

Spotswood Boro

New Brunswick City

Woodbridge Twp

MONMOUTH COUNTY

Englishtown Boro

Manalapan Twp

Freehold Boro

Marlboro Twp

Freehold Twp

Millstone Twp

SOMERSET COUNTY

Bound Brook Boro

North Plainfield Boro

Branchburg Twp

Raritan Boro

Bridgewater Twp

Somerville Boro

Franklin Twp

South Bound Brook Boro

Green Brook Twp

Warren Twp

Hillsborough Twp

Watchung Boro

Manville Boro

 
UNION COUNTY

Berkeley Heights Twp

Scotch Plains Twp

Fanwood Boro

Springfield Twp

Mountainside Boro

Summit City

Plainfield City

 

 

Project Funding Source:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program

Contacts:
Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Associate Extension Specialist in Water Resources
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-5711/Fax:732-932-8644
obropta@envsci.rutgers.edu

Sara Mellor
Program Associate
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-6747/Fax:732-932-8644
saramellor@envsci.rutgers.edu

 

 



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