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A Stormwater Management Plan provides a strategy for municipalities to plan for and manage increased runoff associated with future development and land use changes. This municipal Stormwater Management Plan is designed to provide a municipal-wide approach to stormwater management planning. This Plan makes recommendations to better regulate stormwater management. This Plan is not designed to resolve existing flooding or runoff problems, but to identify them for future correction. This Plan addresses groundwater recharge, stormwater quantity, and stormwater quality impacts by including stormwater design and performance standards for new development and redevelopment. This Plan also addresses the Borough’s suggested policy regarding the long-term operation and maintenance of existing and future stormwater management facilities.


The goals of this Stormwater Management Plan are:

  1. Reduce flood damage, including damage to life, property and the environment;
  2. Minimize, to the extent practical, any increase in stormwater runoff from any new development;
  3. Reduce soil erosion from development, redevelopment and construction projects;
  4. Assure the adequacy of existing and proposed culverts and bridges, and other in-stream structures;
  5. Maintain groundwater recharge;
  6. Prevent, to the greatest extent feasible, an increase in non-point pollution;
  7. Maintain the integrity of stream channels for their biological function, as well as for drainage;
  8. Minimize pollutants in stormwater runoff from new and existing development to restore, enhance, and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the State, to protect the public health, to safeguard fish and aquatic life and scenic and ecological values, and to enhance the domestic, municipal, recreational, commercial , and other uses of water;
  9. Protect public safety through the proper design and operation of stormwater basins;
  10. Properly manage and maintain existing natural ponds and waterways on private property;
  11. Retain community character while addressing Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) housing issues;
  12. Regulate the stormwater impacts from properties within 300 feet of a C-1 waterway that are unregulated by the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) and the Residential Site Improvement Standards (RSIS); and
  13. To encourage the use of indigenous vegetation in landscape design.

The following linked documents cover these topics:

This Stormwater Management Plan complies with N.J.A.C. 7:14A-25 Municipal Stormwater Regulations, which requires each community in New Jersey to prepare and adopt a stormwater management plan. It is the purpose of Borough of Rumson Ordinance Chapter XVI, Section 2 is to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls for development.


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