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rain gardenHomeowners can incorporate green infrastructure in several ways. Rain barrels can be placed under a roof drain to collect rooftop runoff. The rain water is then used to water the plants or wash the car. Rain Gardens are excavated garden areas that collect and infiltrate water. Rooftop runoff can also be directed to them so they are watered naturally every time it rains. Disconnection of impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, is another way to reduce runoff. It allows downspouts to drain into the lawn or another vegetated area instead of directly to the storm drains. Crossing vegetated area allows the runoff the opportunity for infiltration before entering the storm sewer system.


Garden State Greenways
Statewide vision, suggested goals, detailed maps and powerful Geographic Information System (GIS) data and planning tools to help coordinate efforts of private groups and government agencies.

NJ Tree Foundation
The NJ Tree Foundation is a state-wide nonprofit dedicated to planting trees in NJ's most underserved neighborhoods. The Tree Foundation is greening the Garden State through rain garden construction, vacant lot stabilization and fire wise gardens. To date, they have planted 179,606 trees across the state.

Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a non-profit organization providing resources and a certification program for municipalities in NJ that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.

NJ Storm Water BMP Manual
The New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual provides guidance to address the standards in the proposed Stormwater Management Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:8. The BMP manual contains examples of ways to meet the standards contained in the rule. The methods referenced in the BMP manual are one way of achieving the standards. An applicant is welcome to demonstrate that other proposed management practices will also achieve the standards established in the rules.

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Division of Water Quality
Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Tel. (609) 633-7021
Fax (609)-984-2147

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