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WRWMG works with Sussex County Community College to Install Stormwater Management Projects

Friday, October 01, 2021



The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has partnered with Sussex County Community College and the Newton DPW to install a demonstration rain garden near the R building on campus. The rain garden will collect polluted stormwater runoff from the road and nearby sidewalk, helping to prevent road salt and motor oil from entering the headwaters of the Paulins Kill River that is located on the college campus. The rain garden contains a variety of native plants that will attract pollinators to the campus.

The SCCC agricultural program grew milkweed from seed for use in the rain garden and other native species, like blue flag iris, tussock sedge, and purple lovegrass were purchased using WRWMG grant funding and planted by SCCC students. The Intro to Agriculture and Intro to Soils classes worked alongside the SCMUA-WRWMG and learned about how rain gardens can be an effective mechanism for managing stormwater runoff in order to keep our local rivers clean.