Municipal Stormwater Management

Stormwater is created when water from rain or snowmelt events travels over land and impervious surfaces into surface water without being absorbed into the ground. As the water flows over these surfaces, pollutants from oil, fertilizers, trash, animal waste, soil, and pesticides accumulate in the water, ultimately polluting local water bodies.

Stormwater management is therefore an extremely important way to improve water quality and protect valuable local resources.

Municipalities are required to follow a comprehensive set of regulations aimed at reducing stormwater pollution and implementing smart stormwater management practices. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is developing technical resources and training programs that will make compliance with these regulations easier for municipal officials and planners.

Contact: Dr. Roy Messaros, Water Resources Agent