You may have seen storm drain inlets around the City of Newark with the label "No Dumping, Drains to Bay." Storm drains carry stormwater runoff from our streets, buildings, and yards into surrounding creeks and the Bay. Stormwater runoff carries with it trash, chemicals, and other pollutants from our developed areas that can damage local wild habitats and recreational areas.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure, also commonly referred to as GSI, Green Infrastructure, or GI, is a variety of measures designed to restore natural water management processes. These engineered, landscape-based methods allow runoff to infiltrate back into the ground system, filtering out pollutants and replenishing groundwater reserves. Other benefits include flood protection through decreased flow-volume, cleaner air, and cleaner water. The installation of natural areas throughout urban development also provide environmental, social, and economic benefits.
The City of Newark adopted the City of Newark Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan, (Resolution), outlining methods for GSI planning, design, and implementation