Carteret approved to receive $189,200 NJDEP grant to build rain garden in Carteret Park

Rain gardens planned for Carteret Avenue side of Carteret Pond

– Mayor Daniel J. Reiman has announced that the Borough has been approved for an $189,200 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to design and construct two rain gardens in Carteret Park.

The rain gardens will be planted on either side of Carteret Pond at Carteret Avenue, Mayor Reiman said.

“Planted with grasses and flowering perennials, rain gardens can be a cost effective and beautiful way to reduce runoff and prevent flooding within the park,” the Mayor said. “The rain gardens also will help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds and other wildlife.”

The grant is through NJDEP’s Office of Natural Resource Restoration Hudson Raritan Estuary Urban Rain Garden Natural Resource Restoration Program. The Office of Natural Resource Restoration will review and approve the final project budget, plans and specifications provided by design and construction contractors, according to NJDEP.

Final design plans must be in accordance with the NJ Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual at, according to NJDEP. Only costs associated with design, permitting, and construction are eligible. If costs exceed the grant amount, additional funding may be available.

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