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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.


NY/NJ Baykeeper is actively involved in Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green), which is a coalition group aimed at advocating and organizing  green Infrastructure improvements and initiatives throughout the City of Newark and its sewershed.   In addition to combined sewer overflows, Newark has a severe flooding problems. Initiatives aimed at reducing CSOs and flooding in Newark include the use pervious pavement, green roofs, rain gardens, evaluating unused paved lots, and constructing bioswales (sloped area that would capture water and infiltrate it into the ground). In addition, Newark DIG will also aim at engaging the public by holding forums and planning community events such as tree plantings and community garden plotting. Visit Newark DIGs Facebook page.  Municipal Action Teams have been replicated in Paterson, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy with Baykeeper’s assistance.

Community Rating System

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a program managed by FEMA that provides flood insurance discounts for residents in participating townships.  Baykeeper and Great Swamp Watershed Association have teamed up and provided a collection of brochures online resources to township administrators to pass along to residents. Click here for more information.


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