Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Washington Township Library


    Washington Township Library
    37 East Springtown Road, Long Valley, Morris County, New Jersey 07853

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The Washington Township Library rain garden was installed to serve as a
    demonstration rain garden to educate homeowners, business owners
    and government facilities on how rain gardens can minimize impacts to nearby

    Type of Runoff Managed:

    This rain garden manages stormwater from the Washington Township Library's             rooftop, before the runoff is sent into a near by catch basin.  The downspouts were
    adjusted to route water directly into the rain garden.


    Approximately ten
Raritan Highlands Compact members were present for the                 installation of the rain garden in Fall 2007.  Funding for this project was provided
    by Pfizer, the Leavens Foundation, New Jersey Corporate Wetland Resoration
    Partnership, Morris County Utilities Authority, and the Garden Club of Long Valley.     Aditional in-kind support was provided by staff from the Rutgers Cooperative                 Extension Water Resources Program and Master Gardeners of Morris County.   Two        rain gardens were placed in series and into an existing swale that conveyed runoff         from the side of the building and into a storm sewer catch basin.  The rain gardens         receive stormwater from two downspouts from the library rooftop.  Any overflow from     the downslope rain garden will be discharged into the existing infrastructure of the         storm sewer. 

    Plant Layout:

    Rain Garden Map  Coming Soon!

    Plant List:
        Big Bluestem
        Blue Lobelia
        Soft Rush
        Winterberry Holly
Click here to download Adobe Reader to view the rain garden map and the plant list
    fact sheets.

    The rain garden is maintained by volunteers from the Garden Club of Long Valley.


    Click here for photographs of the Washington Township Library rain garden.