Projects & Programs - Keep the Rain from the Drain

Regional Stormwater Management Planning for the Highlands Portion of Watershed Management Area 8 - North and South Branch Raritan

 

Background Project Location Project Description
Resources Project Deliverables Project Funding Source & Contacts


Background:

The New Jersey Highlands Region covers less than 15% of the state but provides drinking water for 70% of its residents. New Jersey recognized the significane of this region and passed the Highlands Act in 2004 to protect the valuable resources in this region. The Highlands Act advocated for a regional planning approach to protect and restore the waterways of the New Jersey Highlands. This project seeks to embrace the regional planning concept and focus on identifying opportunities in the watersheds of the Highlands for green infrastructure to manage uncontrolled sources of stormwater runoff.

Focusing on the Highlands portion of Watershed Management Area 8 - North and South Branch Raritan, the RCE Water Resources Program will complete green infrastructure plans on a municipal basis and provide summaries of proposed green infrastructure projects by subwatershed to help prioritize project implementation. Since the information in each of these municipal green infrastructure plans is prepared on a subwatershed basis, information for subwatersheds will be combined from the municipal plans to summarize recommendations on a HUC 14 basis.

Project Location:

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Project Description:

Task 1 - Prepare impervious cover assessments (ICAs)

The RCE Water Resources Program will prepare an impervious cover assessment for each of the 24 municipalities in the Highlands portion of WMA 8 - North and South Branch Raritan River Watershed.

Task 2 - Prepare impervious cover reduction action plans (RAPs)  

Using the data gained from the ICA, the RCE Water Resources Program will develop a RAP for each of the 24 municipalities in the watershed. The sites from the RAP will be incorporated into a web-based interface (i.e., RAP web map) so the general public can easily access the recommendations.

Task 3 - Create green infrastructure feasibility studies

The RCE Water Resources Program will prepare a green infrastructure feasibility study for each of the 24 municipalities in the watershed.

Task 4 - Summarizing findings and recommendations on a HUC 14 watershed basis

Since each plan provides analyses on a subwatershed basis, results and recommendations from several adjacent municipalities can be used to summarize information on a HUC 14 watershed basis. This will allow for a regional approach to prioritize projects and better understand the effects projects in one municipality may have on another municipality.

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Resources:

Highlands Region Map and Quick Facts (11x17 pdf; New Jersey Highlands Council)

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

Click here to access Asking the Right Questions in Stormwater Review E-learning tool.

Click here to access the Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey.

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Project Deliverables:

Links are provided to the impervious cover assessments (ICA), impervious cover reduction action plans (RAP), RAP web maps, and feasibility studies completed for each of the municipalities in the Highlands portion of WMA8 - North and South Branch Raritan.

Hunterdon County

Alexandria Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Hampton Borough*

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

*Previously completed with funding from the William Penn Foundation.

Bethlehem Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

High Bridge Borough

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Califon Borough

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Lebanon Borough

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Clinton Town

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Lebanon Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Clinton Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Tewksbury Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Glen Gardner Borough

Union Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

 

Morris County

Chester Borough

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Mount Arlington Borough*

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

*Previously completed with funding from the William Penn Foundation.

Chester Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Mount Olive Township*

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

*Previously completed with funding from the William Penn Foundation.

Mendham Borough

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Randolph Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Mendham Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Roxbury Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Mine Hill Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Washington Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

 

Somerset County

Bedminster Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Far Hills Borough

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Bernards Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Peapack-Gladstone Borough

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Bernardsville Borough

 

 

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Project Funding Source:


New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council


Contacts:
Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
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

Hollie DiMuro
Program Associate
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-6728/Fax:732-932-8644
dimuro@envsci.rutgers.edu

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