137 Main Street
Andover, NJ 07821
Phone: (973) 786-6688
Fax: (973) 786-7231
email: clerk@andoverboroughnj.org
Hours: Monday - Friday : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns and other sites and the improvement of water quality, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

When stormwater is absorbed into the soil, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. However, when heavy rainwater hits, ground saturated by water creates excess moisture that runs across the surface and into storm sewers and road ditches. This water often carries debris, chemicals, bacteria, eroded soil, and other pollutants, and carries them into streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands.

So, how does stormwater management help?

In developed areas, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Detaining stormwater and removing pollutants is the primary purpose of stormwater management. Pervious surfaces that are porous and allow rainfall and snowmelt to soak into the soil, such as culverts, gutters, storm sewers, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle.

How can you help?

Educating yourself on where rainwater and snowmelt flow on your property when it doesn’t get absorbed into the ground is a huge first step. Implementing best management practices to reduce runoff and to make sure that it is clean when it leaves your property is the next step.

Use this link to access the NJDEP Stormwater website and learn more about protecting our stormwater system:

https://www.nj.gov/dep/stormwater/
 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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