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Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey Now Available

Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey Now Available

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program recently published the
Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey. This manual is intended to provide
guidance for the identification, design, and implementation of green infrastructure practices
throughout New Jersey. It is our hope that this resource document can assist communities across
the state working to protect New Jersey’s water resources.
Due to the increased intensity of rainfall events, stormwater management across the state has
become an immediate need. Since large scale infrastructure upgrades may take decades to
construct due to a lack of funding, alternative approaches for stormwater mitigation are
necessary. Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that is cost-effective,
sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
The Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey is a multi-chapter document
developed for communities focused on green infrastructure strategies for stormwater
management. This detailed guidance document provides users with information on the
fundamental function and benefits of select green infrastructure practices, along with
corresponding technical design standards. It describes the design process for a green
infrastructure practice from start to finish, guiding the user through each step from site
identification to implementation. The overall goal of this manual is to inform planning and
design professionals, municipal engineers and officials, community groups, and inspired
residents who are interested in installing green infrastructure practices to reduce negative impacts
resulting from stormwater runoff.
A companion document has also been published that provides a concise overview of green
infrastructure practices. This document was developed to provide an introduction of green
infrastructure approaches to community stakeholders and elected officials.
These documents are available to download for free at www.water.rutgers.edu.