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NFWF Awards the SCMUA-WRWMG a New Stormwater Grant

Thursday, July 13, 2017


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group funding to build green infrastructure stormwater management projects at Memory Park in Newton and at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton.

While traditional stormwater management practices are designed to quickly move rainfall away from buildings and roads through pipes and water treatment systems, green infrastructure treats rainwater where it falls through detention basins planted with water tolerant plants.

This NFWF funding will enable the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to construct rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement parking lots which will help absorb polluted stormwater runoff into the ground instead of allowing the contaminated water to flow into local streams via storm drains. Overall, this effort will help improve the water quality of the Paulins Kill River, while also helping to create a movement that encourages Sussex County homeowners to install rain gardens on their own properties.

Click here to view the press announcement about the grant award.