SUMMIT, NJ-  Two rain gardens, at the Summit Free Public Library and City Hall, have been completed through the collaborative efforts of the Summit Department of Public Works, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resource Program, and Summit Environmental Commission.

Rain gardens function as a way to effectively capture rain water and filter it directly into the ground, reducing storm water runoff. With the installation of the two rain gardens, approximately 30% more clean water will soak into the ground. As rain water travels through urban streets it becomes contaminated before entering storm drains, and local streams and lakes.

“It is a priority for the City of Summit to manage storm water runoff and reduce our impact on the water system,” said Community Services Director Paul Cascais. “Rain gardens are an important component of our waste water management strategy.”

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This June has been one of the driest June months on record, with just 1.32 inches of precipitation recorded to date, according to the National Oceanic and Administration's National Weather Service. June of 2015, by contrast, was the fourth wettest June on record, per the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University. 

For more information on the newly installed rain gardens, contact the Department of Community Services at 908-273-6404 or visit