Concept plan for Waterfront South in Camden
Rutgers faculty, staff and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) are supporting Camden’s local activists, businesses, non-profit organizations and residents to implement solutions for the City’s environmental problems. These collaborators are working to implement changes that will make a difference in the quality of life for the residents of Camden and the cleaning of the River through preventing the overflow of combined storm water and sewage runoff from entering into the Delaware River. Throughout each of the City’s 20 unique neighborhoods, residents at the grassroots level are working to build on political, economic, and social changes that capitalize on the positive attributes of Camden’s excellent location, diverse population, tremendous infrastructure, and rich culture. With reinvestment and revitalization plans being developed throughout the City, the opportunity is available for Camden residents to participate in green infrastructure planning and sustainable environmental resource management.
Why is Green Infrastructure Important in Camden?
“Green Infrastructure” uses natural processes to slow, treat or slowly absorbs storm water runoff. This natural approach to managing urban storm water can be cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly because the storm water is used to maintain or restore natural hydrology. Over the last two decades communities across the U.S. have been exploring the use of Green Infrastructure to protect and maintain the quality of their local rivers, streams, lakes, and estuaries from the impact of development and urbanization. In many of New Jersey’s older urban centers, water, storm water, and sewer infrastructure systems are reaching the end of their functional life. Replacing this ancient infrastructure using Green Infrastructure techniques and technologies creates the opportunity to reduce maintenance costs and to build a more sustainable urban future. Green Infrastructure can help Camden reduce the demands on its existing infrastructure, and, where possible, extend its functional life, while providing cost-effective water management solutions that conserve and protect water resources and improve the quality of urban life for some New Jersey’s poorest citizens.