You might be asking yourself, what is a rain garden!?
Rain gardens are specifically designed to manage stormwater runoff, mainly from rooftops, but also from driveways, lawns, roads, and parking lots. Rain gardens look like regular perennial gardens, but they are much more. During a storm, a rain garden fills with water, and the water slowly filters into the ground rather than running into storm sewers. Compared to a patch of lawn, a rain garden allows about 30% more water to soak into the ground.
Rain gardens are meant to be beautiful additions to your landscape, while at the same time performing important environmental functions: reducing flooding and pollution to the Robinson's Branch stream and Rahway River.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the City of Rahway have limited grant funding to design and install rain gardens on properties in Rahway that meet certain criteria. If you are interested, Rutgers staff will meet with you at your home and assess your property to see if it is an appropriate site for a rain garden. The assessment will include determining rain garden location, size, suitability, environmental impact, and working with you to design an aesthetically pleasing rain garden for your home.
Only homes within the Robinson's Branch watershed are eligible for a free rain garden. To determine if you are within the watershed click on this link and enter your address where it says "find address or place":
- Not all homes are appropriate for a rain garden. Rutgers staff will determine site suitability as well as make final decisions on which Rahway homes will get free rain gardens.
- Rain gardens will be installed in the spring and early summer of 2014. Rutgers will work with you to determine a convenient installation schedule.
- Rain gardens will only be installed in the front yard of the property, not in the backyard.
Fill out the form below to sign up to be part of the Rahway Rain Garden Project. If your property qualifies, we will follow up with you via email to outline next steps.
For more information about this project call (732) 398-5274. You can also visit the Robinson's Branch Green Infrastructure website for more information at http://www.water.rutgers.edu/Projects/RobinsonsGreenInfrastructure/RobinsonsGI.html.