Projects & Programs - Keep the Rain from the Drain

William Penn Foundation - Technical Support Program for Municipalities and Watershed Partners

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


Background:

In 2016, the William Penn Foundation began an initiative tweb
statso assist communities within the William Penn Highlands and Kirkwood-Cohansey Cluster Areas in their efforts to address stormwater runoff and water quality. Located in environmentally sensitive areas, critical to the health of the New Jersey Highlands and Pinelands, these communities have the opportunity to implement many forms of green infrastructue. To help with this effort, the William Penn Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program.

Project Location:

Highlands ClusterFigure 1. Map of the New Jersey Highlands cluster with approximate project locations

Source: New Jersey Highlands Watershed Cluster Implementation Plan

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Kirkwood-Cohansey ClusterFigure 4. Project Focus Areas for the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer Cluster

Source: Protecting and Restoring Places of Ecological Significance - An Implementation Plan for the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer Cluster

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Project Description:

In light of our expertise and our meetings with the William Penn Kirkwood‐Cohansey Cluster and the New Jersey Highlands Cluster, the Water Resources Program is proposing to:

  1. Educate municipal officials and provide them with the tools they need to successfully implement and enforce stormwater regulations for new development projects

    a. Deliver two (2) Asking the Right Questions in Stormwater Review workshops

    b. Deliver two (2) Municipal Information Sessions to address municipal‐specific questions from the Asking the Right Questions in Stormwater Review workshop and E‐Learning tool

    c. Review 4 municipal approved development plans and provide detailed summary/report of stormwater management compliance with current New Jersey regulations (2 municipalities from each cluster group)

  2. Assist communities in evaluating the water resources impacts of existing development in their municipality and provide them with specific mitigation projects to restore groundwater recharge, improve water quality, and reduce flooding

    a. Develop 20 municipal impervious cover assessments (10 municipalities from each cluster group)

    b. Develop 20 municipal impervious cover reduction action plans (10 municipalities from each cluster group)

    c. Implement 6 municipal demonstration green infrastructure projects, including engineering design calculations, plans, and implementation (3 municipalities from each cluster group)

    d. Develop a summary report with recommendations on local ordinances

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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:

1 a.:

2 a. & 2b.:

Municipalities in the New Jersey Highlands Watershed Cluster and the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer Cluster:

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 project area.

NEW JERSEY HIGHLANDS WATERSHED CLUSTER

Alpha

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Lopatcong

Branchville

Mount Arlington

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Greenwich

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Mount Olive

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Hackettstown

Netcong

Hampton

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Phillipsburg

Harmony

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Pohatcong

KIRKWOOD-COHANSEY AQUIFER CLUSTER

Berlin

Millville

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibililty Study

Bridgeton

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Pilesgrove

Elmer

Salem

Evesham

Upper Deerfield

Fairfield

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Vineland

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibililty Study

Lower Township

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Voorhees

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibililty Study

Medford

  • ICA
  • RAP
  • RAP web map
  • Feasibility Study

Woodstown

 

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Project Funding Source:
William Penn Foundation

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

Hollie Dimuro
Project Administrator
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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