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Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure

Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure

Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit

Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit

Permeable Pavement

Permeable Pavement

Developers' Green Infrastructure Guide

Developers' Green Infrastructure Guide

Stormwater Camp in Sussex County

Stormwater Camp in Sussex County

Stormwater never travels alone.

Stormwater never travels alone.

Under today’s climate trends, the art and science of managing stormwater is getting more complicated. Even moderate rain events and brief but powerful downpours cause flooding, and carry pollutants like motor oil, trash, fertilizer, pesticides and animal waste into local bodies of water, making many of our waterways unsuitable for recreation. Stormwater runoff pollutes the great majority of New Jersey’s rivers, streams and lakes.

Green infrastructure (GI) helps address these problems. It can capture the rainfall from at least 90% of the rain events in New Jersey before it runs off, preventing pollution and flooding. GI techniques enable stormwater and melting snow to soak into soils near where they fall or be captured for a beneficial re-use such as irrigation or flushing toilets. Keeping runoff out of the storm sewer system improves water quality and minimizes localized flooding. GI also delivers multiple associated benefits. It cleans and conserves the world’s most precious resource, reduces flooding, improves public health, provides jobs, raises property values, beautifies neighborhoods and supports wildlife.

Examples include street trees, pervious pavement, rain gardens, rain barrels and cisterns, green roofs, vegetated swales and bioretention basins.

Learn how to make GI a mainstream practice in your municipality using the Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit or in your development project using the Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide.



Our Program
Our Program

Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure is a program aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream. Years ago, green-building standards such as LEED were considered eccentric and expensive. Now, they are mainstream – understood to be the smart way to build. The same thing is beginning to happen with green infrastructure. To accelerate and facilitate the mainstreaming process, New Jersey Future works with municipalities, developers, state agencies, and nonprofit partners to provide education, training, and direct technical assistance.

Download a factsheet to learn more about this program.


Our Work with Municipalities

New Jersey Future and partners install a rain garden in Newton.

Municipalities are on the front lines of installing GI on municipally owned land: city hall, public parks, local streets and sidewalks, etc. We work with municipalities in New Jersey’s Highlands and Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer (including the Pinelands)–key water supply areas of the state– to identify and accelerate municipal GI projects; to recommend updates to the master plan, redevelopment plans, and stormwater and land use ordinances so that GI is included in all kinds of development; and to educate and train municipal officials and staff to properly maintain GI over the long term.

To learn more about how to plan, implement, and sustain GI in municipalities, view the Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit. 


Our Work with Developers

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GI can offer a powerful return on investment. New Jersey Future partners with the New Jersey Builders Association to convene the Developers’ Green Infrastructure Task Force, which helps New Jersey’s developers and their design professionals learn about, finance, and build green infrastructure. The task force includes developers, engineers, green infrastructure experts, and attorneys who advise and assist this important work and act as ambassadors to the industry.

The Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide, produced by New Jersey Future with extensive input from the task force, answers questions about GI, including what it is, how it works, what are its costs and benefits, why it makes good business sense.

Our program offers Developers’ Green Infrastructure Grants to grant funding to developers for projects that maximize the use of green infrastructure. Learn more.


Our work with State Agencies

New Jersey Future is working with state agencies to update and improve rules, manuals, standards, and programs to facilitate and incentive the use of green infrastructure.

We have been working with our partners in the building and environmental communities to advocate for improved stormwater management rules.

On 12/3/18, NJDEP announced it is proposing significant changes to the state’s stormwater management rules (NJAC 7:8), which will change the requirement for how property owners meet the rule’s minimum design and performance standards by now requiring the use of GI. Read more about the proposal here.


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Much of New Jersey Future’s work to mainstream green infrastructure
is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

Future Facts

Getting Sewage Off Our Streets and Out of Our Rivers

A new statewide campaign will work to engage communities in drafting proposed solutions to the problem of sewage overflows into area streets and waterways.

DEP Moves to Require Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

The proposed new stormwater rule makes green infrastructure the priority for stormwater management, rather than an afterthought.

From Stormwater to Clean Water: New Flood-Control, Pollution Resource for Towns

A new toolkit from New Jersey Future offers advice and resources to help elected officials maximize the opportunities to use green infrastructure to help control flooding and polluted runoff.

Stormwater Camp: A Summer Week To Remember

A stormwater-themed summer camp in Sussex County, funded for the last two summers by New Jersey Future, teaches green infrastructure to its school-age campers.

New Model Ordinance Will Help Reduce Polluted Runoff in New Jersey

Sustainable Jersey’s new model ordinance will help New Jersey communities manage stormwater that pollutes local waterways and contributes to costly urban flooding.

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NJDEP Proposes Stormwater Rule Changes

 

On 12/3/18, NJDEP announced it is proposing significant changes to the state’s stormwater management rules (NJAC 7:8), which will replace the current requirement that major developments incorporate non-structural stormwater management strategies to the “maximum extent practicable” to meet stormwater management standards for water quality, recharge and volume control, with a requirement that green infrastructure must be utilized to meet these standards.

 

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