Harrison TIDE (Transforming Infrastructure and Defending our Environment) is a collaboration of the Town of Harrison, New Jersey Future, The Lions and Elks Club, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC), RCE Water Resources Program, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection whose goal is to improve the water quality and the quality of life of residents by addressing combined sewer and stormwater pollution, flooding, and economic development through identifying opportunities to implement green infrastruture, engage community members in educational programming, and public outreach.

Harrison TIDE has spent the past couple of months reviewing the Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study for the Town of Harrison, which was developed in partnership with PVSC and the RCE Water Resources Program, to identify the town's first demonstration green infrastructure project. TIDE identified the Public Library as an opportunity to not only disconnect rooftop runoff from the building, but also to provide an ongoing educational opportunity to the frequent visitors to the library. In September, the RCE Water Resources Program designed two mirroring rain gardens surrounding the entrance to the library with input provided by TIDE partners and community feedback from National Night Out. Earlier this month, Fields Construction Company began the construction of the two rain gardens by excavating and removing the existing soil, disconnecting and redirecting the downspout from the building into the rain garden area, and adding bioretention mix soil to fill in the rain gardens at the required depth and completing the rain gardens by adding mulch. On October 28th, volunteers joined Harrison TIDE partners to plant the rain gardens and fill them with native species that will attract wildlife and promote infiltration of stormwater from the library's roof. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and supported this very important project. A special thank you to the Harrison Lions Club, Harrison Elks, the Environmental Clubs from the Harrison High School and Washington Middle School, National Honor Society, Boy Scout Troop 305, and Fields Construction Company. Thank you also to Harrison TIDE partners who made this project possible: the Town of Harrison, PVSC, Jersey Water Works, New Jersey Future, and the Surdna Foundation. To learn more about Harrison TIDE, please click here.