is a major contributor to New Jersey's water pollution; it mirrors the
land use of an area and deposits those pollutants to the nearest waterbody.
In the area of stormwater management, we are currently developing Regional
Stormwater Management Plans in three watersheds in the State of New Jersey
(Robinsons Branch, Troy Brook, and Pompeston Creek) that will meet new
regulations written into law in 2004. Regional stormwater management planning
addresses water quality and water quantity issues on a watershed basis.
This requires the formation of planning committees that unite stakeholders
from each municipality, county, soil conservation districts, and local
watershed groups. Together, these committee members help define the goals
and objectives of the regional stormwater management plan and guide our
research and extension efforts as we develop the regional plans. Regional
stormwater management plans aim to minimize flooding, eliminate nonpoint
source pollution, and assist municipalities in better managing their stormwater.
Furthermore, the Water Resources Program is working to develop educational
tools to help farmers better manage their stormwater runoff and comply
with upcoming animal feed operation (AFO) regulations. For homeowners,
we have created programming to educate homeowners on managing stormwater
through dry wells, rain gardens, and other techniques.
New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual
Regional Stormwater Management Plans
Municipal Stormwater Management Planning