A New Jersey city reuses abandoned industrial sites to capture stormwater

YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS – In Camden, New Jersey, stormwater and sewage run through the same pipes, so when heavy rain hits, the system can overflow.

“Stormwater mixes with sewage. During storm events, the mixed sewage will go into the river and will go into neighborhoods, homes, parks, schools,” says Frank McLaughlin of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. “It is the most destructive environmental issue in the city of Camden.”

He says one solution is to create green spaces that absorb rain and floodwater, and abandoned industrial areas can be ideal sites. In Camden, many are located along rivers, so cleaning them up and planting vegetation can create valuable waterfront buffers …

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