GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Green Team is excited to announce the Borough of Glen Rock has been awarded the 2019 ANJEC Open Space Stewardship Grant for Environmental Commissions for $1,500. With the Grant, the Borough is planning on installing a rain garden on Borough Property by the pool parking lot, in order to reduce runoff and flooding. They have one year to complete this project and hope to begin in early October.

“Installing a rain garden at the pool is beneficial for Glen Rock because not only will it help control stormwater runoff, but our hope is that it also inspires our residents to create their own gardens where water may accumulate," Councilwoman Arati Kreibich said. "I can’t wait to see it bloom and thrive!”

Rain gardens are inexpensive, easy to implement, and a perfect solution to residential and town stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is rain that picks up pollution along its way to a storm drain. This pollutes local waterways, which is both harmful for nature and our health!

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Stormwater runoff also often collects in certain areas which causes flooding, and can erode infrastructure. Rain gardens are very useful, as they collect storm runoff from streets and sidewalks and prevent 90% of chemicals getting into our waterways. They are a growing trend among homeowners and cities, as they look beautiful and benefit the environment.

Glen Rock plans to build a demonstration rain garden that will be a stepping stone for future rain gardens in Glen Rock.

The Glen Rock Green Team will be looking to recruit volunteers to help install the rain garden, as the Grant requires 80 community service hours. Please step up and help make an impact on the community by making it more beautiful and environmentally friendly. To get involved with the Glen Rock Environmental Commission, visit www.GreenUpGlenRock.com