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Green Infrastructure


NY/NJ Baykeeper actively promotes Low Impact Design, or Green Infrastructure, to divert stormwater from sewer systems in order to reduce combined sewer overflows. Green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs, and other components, capture or slow down stormwater so that it can be reused, soak into the ground, or evaporate. Baykeeper funded the design and capital equipment for a Low Impact Development project in a community garden in Newark that, for the first time, utilizes storm water capture for on-site irrigation needs. Rainwater is collected from adjacent rooftops and pervious surfaces in the garden and stored in an underground cistern. The water is then hand pumped by local school children to water the plants and vegetables.

To learn more about the economic benefits of green infrastructure, click here.

Municipal Action Teams 

NY/NJ Baykeeper is actively involved in Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green), Paterson SMART, and Perth Amboy SWIM which are all coalition groups aimed at advocating and organizing  green Infrastructure improvements and initiatives throughout the CSO communities.



Click here for the Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Click here to learn  more about the process of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs)

10 Coalition Building Tips for Engaging and Involving Community Members

Click here for a summary and presentations from the North Jersey Clean Water Symposium on May 2, 2012

Click the below brochures for important Green Infrastructure tips and CSO information:

Stormwater CSO Green Infrastructure_English_2014

Stormwater CSO Green Infrastructure_Spanish_2014

Stormwater CSO Green Infrastructure_Portuguese_2014