Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

Rain Garden Information Center

Resources from the Water Resources Program:     

General Information


  • The Demonstration Rain Garden - Journal of Extension, April 2008
    This article describes how a demonstration project can be a useful educational tool and highlights the successes of the Union County, New Jersey demonstration program—a collaborative effort between, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, the Water Resources Program, Master Gardeners and local stakeholders.
  • Bioretention Column Study: Fecal Coliform and Total Suspended Solids ReductionsTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  2007. 50(4):1261-1269


  • Rain Garden/Bioretention Research & Extension Symposium
    May 29-30, 2008, New Brunswick, New Jersey

    The purpose of the symposium was to cover a wide range of related topics through presentations from the experts in the area of bioretention systems/rain gardens and related stormwater management topics. Researchers shared their latest research findings. Background information about the beginnings of bioretention will be presented along with case studies of implementation and education projects.

Other Resources:
Disclaimer: Some of these resources have been developed for regions that do not include New Jersey.  Please consider this in terms of plant selection, climate, soil type and terrain.

Mobile Apps

Background: Originally developed for CT with funding from CT Sea Grant, the Rain Garden mobile application walks a user through how to properly site, size, install, and maintain a rain garden. It includes a series of video tutorials, a google maps based sizing tool, NRCS soils data, a plant selector tool, and a personalized database to manage rain garden projects. It is available for both iOS and Android devices (just search for ‘Rain Garden” in your favorite app store). Oh, and its Free!

Multi-State: With funding from the USDA NIFA Water program and help from our wonderful partners in other states, we have reconfigured the app to allow for state specific information.  Users can now search  for rain garden plants native to (or at least well adapted to) their state, size their rain garden based on local standards, and view USDA soils data for their location.

The following states are currently included in the iOS (iPhone/iPad) version: CT, DE, GA, HI, MD, MA,MN, NJ, OH, PA, RI, SC, and VT.   The full multi-state Android version will be available by July 2015 (currently only CT, DE, MD, NJ are included in the Android version).



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