Projects & Programs - Keep the Rain from the Drain

William Penn Foundation - Delaware River Watershed Initiative - Phase 2
Technical Support Program for Municipalities and Watershed Partners in the Kirkwood-Cohansey William Penn Cluster Priority Areas

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


Background:

For Phase 2 of the Kirkwood-Cohansey William Penn Cluster Initiative, the focus areas have been refined, thereby reducing the size of the proposed management area.  The refined focus areas (also known as priority catchments) include portions of 32 municipalities in the Lower Delaware River Watershed.  As part of Phase 1, Rutgers developed impervious cover assessments (ICAs), impervious cover reduction actions plans (RAPs), and green infrastructure feasibility studies for 12 of these 32 municipalities.  Each plan identified 10 to 15 sites where green infrastructure can be installed to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on the Delaware River and its tributaries as well as promote groundwater recharge to the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer.

Project Location:

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Project Description:

Objective 1: For Phase 2, the first objective that Rutgers proposes is to prepare ICAs, RAPs, and green infrastructure feasibility studies for the 20 remaining municipalities in the refined focus areas.  For each of these studies, 10 to 15 green infrastructure sites will be identified in each municipality.  The majority of the sites identified will be in the priority catchment areas within each municipality. 

The RCE Water Resources Program will:

Prepare impervious cover assessments (ICAs), impervious cover reduction action plans (RAPs), and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) feasibility studies for six municipalities in the Upper Salem focus area, four municipalities in the Lower Salem focus area, six municipalities in the Cohansey focus area, three municipalities in the Muddy Run focus area, three municipalities in the Menantico focus area, and four municipalities in the Rancocas focus area.

Objective 2: The second objective is to identify additional sites in the 12 municipalities that have been completed in Phase 1.  These newly identified sites will be in the priority catchment areas of these 12 municipalities. 

The RCE Water Resources Program will:

Enhance existing ICAs, RAPs, and GSI feasibilities studies for one municipality in the Upper Salem focus area, two municipalities in the Lower Salem focus area, three municipalities in the Cohansey focus area, four municipalities in the Muddy Run focus area, one municipality in the Menantico focus area, and three municipalities in the Rancocas focus area by incorporating additional potential green infrastructure project sites into the plans.

Objective 3: The third objective is to prepare designs for 15 to 20 green infrastructure projects in the priority catchment areas.  The development of these designs will be coordinated with the other cluster partners to ensure the installation of as many projects as possible. 

The RCE Water Resources Program will:

Work with cluster partners to identify 20 locations and develop green infrastructure designs.  The goal is to identify three projects in the Upper Salem focus area, three projects in the Lower Salem focus area, five projects in the Cohansey focus area, three projects in the Muddy Run focus area, two projects in the Menantico focus area, and four projects in the Rancocas focus area.

Objective 4: The last objective is to work with the cluster partners to educate government officials on the importance of green infrastructure and work with these groups to install green infrastructure projects by leveraging other funding resources and local in-kind contributions.

The RCE Water Resources Program will:

Partner with ANJEC and PPA to identify funding sources for the installation of a minimum of 4.78 acres of green stormwater infrastructure in the Rancocas focus area.

Partner with the cluster partners to identify funding sources for the installation of a minimum of 4.25 acres of green infrastructure in the Lower Salem focus area, 0.25 acres in the Upper Salem focus area, 6.25 acres in the Cohansey focus area, 3.55 acres in the Muddy Run focus area, and 1.25 acres in the Menantico focus area.

Work with cluster partners to deliver presentations for municipal officials in all the focus areas on green infrastructure, stormwater, and landscaping.

Work with the cluster partners to engage all 40 municipalities in the focus areas to incorporate green stormwater infrastructure into their site plan application review and stormwater plan reviews and improve enforcement of existing stormwater regulations.

In partnership with ANJEC and PPA, educate Hammonton officials about green infrastructure opportunities identified in green infrastructure feasibility study through two workshops/presentations.

Work directly with municipalities to help them get projects in the ground and continue to support our partners’ efforts to do the same.

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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 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:

Objective 1: Links are provided to the impervious cover assessments (ICA), impervious cover reduction action plans (RAP), RAP web maps, and feasibility studies completed to date for each of the municipalities in the Phase 2 project location.

Atlantic County

Buena Borough
Focus Area: Cohansey, Menantico

Buena Vista Township
Focus Area: Menantico

Burlington County

Pemberton Township
Focus Area: Rancocas

Tabernacle Township
Focus Area Rancocas

Southampton Township
Focus Area: Rancocas

Woodland Township
Focus Area: Rancocas

Cumberland County

Hopewell Township
Focus Area: Cohansey

Shiloh Borough
Focus Area: Cohansey

Maurice River Township
Focus Area: Muddy Run/Maurice,
Menantico

Stow Creek Township
Focus Area: Cohansey

Salem County

Alloway Township
Focus Area: Lower Salem, Cohansey

Oldmans Township
Focus Area: Upper Salem

Carneys Point Township
Focus Area: Upper Salem

Pennsville Township
Focus Area: Lower Salem

Elsinboro Township
Focus Area: Lower Salem

Pittsgrove Township
Focus Area: Muddy Run/Maurice

Lower Alloways Creek Township
Focus Area: Lower Salem

Quinton Township
Focus Area: Lower Salem

Mannington Township
Focus Area: Lower Salem,
Upper Salem

Upper Pittsgrove Township
Focus Area: Upper Salem, Cohansey,
Muddy Run/Maurice

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Project Funding Source:
William Penn Foundation

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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