BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights has received a Sustainable Jersey Grant to help fund the installation of special gardens on residents’ properties.  These gardens, called rain gardens, are designed to capture stormwater runoff.

 “The Commission wants to encourage residents to reduce stormwater runoff by disconnecting their downspouts from the street and installing gardens, which capture rain water and allow it to seep into the ground,” says Richard Leister, chair of the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission. “Every resident who installs a properly designed rain garden will receive a rebate of up to $450.”

Residents can find out more about this program by attending a presentation given by Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources at 6:30 p.m., April 7, at the Berkeley Heights Public Library. Please register by calling the NJ Watershed Ambassador at 973-635-6629, or email