Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Stormwater Management

Stormwater 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.

Resources:
New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual

Regional Stormwater Management Plans

Municipal Stormwater Management Planning

Stormwater Management in Your Backyard

Rain Garden Manual of New Jersey

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