The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program’s mission is to identify and address community water resources issues using sustainable and practical science-based solutions.  Join us and our partners at the Middlesex County Fire Department on February 26th at our day-long conference about managing stormwater to reduce flooding.  This conference will bring together municipal leaders, leading professionals in planning and engineering, watershed associations, advocacy groups, environmental commissions, and state and federal agencies to learn from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program and its partners.

New Jersey has several water resources problems.  Many communities experience flooding even during small rainfall events.  New Jersey streams are polluted and are not fishable or swimmable.  Stream banks are eroding and stream channels are downcutting, damaging the state’s infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and buildings.  As we continue to develop and redevelop New Jersey’s landscape, these problems get worse.  Additionally, the changing climate will cause more intense storm events, which adds to the state’s water resources problems.

The primary cause of these problems is simple; we have too many impervious surfaces that drain directly to local waterways.  Impervious surfaces are defined as any surface that has been covered with a layer of material so that it is highly resistant to infiltration by water. Examples include but are not limited to paved roadways, paved parking areas, building roofs and greenhouses.  Green infrastructure technology has proven to be a cost effective means to reduce stormwater impacts from impervious surfaces such as roadways, parking lots, rooftops, and other hardened surfaces.

This conference will provide information on how we can work together to fix flooding problems in your community.  Over the last several years, many groups have been installing green infrastructure practices that help reduce flooding, improve water quality, and provide a wide variety of environmental benefits.  At this conference, there will be an opportunity to hear how your community can identify opportunities for implementing green infrastructure; moreover, how these opportunities can be woven into a comprehensive action plan that will enable your community to tackle flooding issues in your town.  Case studies will be presented on community-based green infrastructure initiatives that make sense and address water resources issues by engaging local leaders and residents.  Presentations will identify how to modify local ordinances and master plans to encourage building green infrastructure.  This conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet potential partners that can help them address flooding and water quality problems as well as secure funding to help them begin moving forward.

To register and learn more about the conference, please visit our website by clicking here.

Fixing Flooding: One Community at a Time conference is cosponsored by New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Sustainable Raritan Collaborative, Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, Middlesex County Office of Planning, New Jersey Future, Jersey Water Works, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, and Raritan Headwaters Association.

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