Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Cherry Hill Fire Department


Cherry Hill Fire Department
1100 Marlkress Drive, Cherry Hill, Camden County, New Jersey 08003

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Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs


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Site Contact(s):

Mike Haberland, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden and Burlington Counties   


The Cherry Hill Fire Department rain garden was installed to beautify the site and to intercept, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff from a portion of the fire department's roof.

This rain garden is part of the Cooper River Watershed. The Cooper River watershed is characterized by extensive residential and commercial development and as a result its streams are severely impacted by increased stormwater runoff. To address the water quality issues associated with increased stormwater runoff, demonstration projects like this rain garden are essential.

Type of Runoff Managed:

This rain garden manages stormwater runoff from a portion of the fire department's roof via a redirected downspout.


The rain garden was installed in October 2011 by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program staff, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County, and the Camden County Soil Conservation District. Staff from the Cherry Hill Department of Public Works assisted with the labor of the rain garden by excavating and hauling away a portion of the native soil. Next, approximately two yards of topsoil was added and mixed in with the remaining soil to add nutrients and to help promote infiltration.

A flexible corrugated PVC pipe was attached to the downspout located behind the fire department building and redirected into the rain garden to a catch basin kit to serve as the inlet. A three inch layer of triple shredded hardwood mulch was spread throughout the rain garden, followed by planting. The native plants that were installed in this rain garden were purchased from Popes' Gardens and Pinelands Nursery & Supply.

Approval to install the rain garden was granted by the Cherry Hill Township Engineer and the Chief of the Cherry Hill Fire Department. This rain garden was funded by a 319(h) grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Plant Layout:

Rain Garden Map

Plant List:

Blue Flag Iris
Ostrich Fern
Redosier Dogwood
Royal Fern
Sensitive Fern

Click here to download Adobe Reader to view the rain garden map and the plant list fact sheets.


This rain garden is maintained by the Cherry Hill Fire Department.


Click here for photographs of the Cherry Hill Fire Department rain garden.