Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Rain Gardens

New Jersey Demonstration Rain Gardens ~
Livingston Township Public Library


   Livingston Township Public Library
   10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston, Essex County, New Jersey 07039-3930

Google (TM) Map Site Contact(s) History Runoff Managed
Installation Plant Layout Maintenance Photographs


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    Site Contact(s):

    Amy Rowe, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex and Passaic Counties.


   The Livingston Township Public Library rain garden was built as part of the New
   Jersey Water Savers program, which was established through a partnership between    the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, the New Jersey                Department of Environmental Protection, and the United States Environmental                Protection Agency.  This partnership was created to provide leadership to promote        water conservation throughout New Jersey. The New Jersey Water Savers identified        and installed multiple demonstration rain garden sites and developed workshops            specifically to educate residents about the water needs of New Jersey plant life        and how they can do their part to curtail outdoor water waste.

    Type of Runoff Managed:

    This rain garden manages stormwater runoff from the roof of the Livingston                     Township Public Library.


    The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program staff, the Livingston         Department of Public Works, and a few volunteers from Livingston installed this rain     garden in September 2009. The rain garden was designed and engineered to                 infiltrate the amont of precipitation produced by a 100 year storm. The native plants       that were installed in the rain gardens were purchased from Pinelands Nursery &             Supply.   


    The Livingston Mayor, Arlene Johnson, has since reported that the rain garden                handled the latest 100 year storm perfectly, and it was the first time since the                 Livingston Township Public Library was built that flooding did not occur with a storm
    of that size.

    Plant Layout:

    Rain Garden Map  Coming Soon!

    Plant List     
            Arrowwood Viburnum
            Blue Flag Iris
            Button Bush
            Inkberry Holly
            Redosier Dogwood
            Soft Rush
            Sweet Pepperbush
            Virginia Sweetspire
    The rain garden is maintained by the Livingston Public Works Department.


    Click here for photographs of the Livingston Township Public Library rain garden.