Stormwater Management Efforts
What is stormwater and why does it matter? It's important because it affects our drinking water, fish and marine life and our environment. When it rains (or even after snow melts), most residents are primarily concerned that the water flows down roadside drains so our streets do not flood.
But that is just the start of stormwater management.
Because after flowing down roadside drains or other collection basins, the majority of that water is not treated and/or cleaned in any way. Rather, it flows directly to local rivers, lakes and streams - and eventually, the same water supplies that provide us with the water that we drink or use for bathing.
Although water utilities treat, or clean, that water before it reaches consumers again - the quality of our water supplies makes a big difference in terms of how difficult and costly that cleaning our drinking water is, how healthy that water is for the fish and marine life that humans rely upon and what the overall impact is our local environment.
That is why towns like Hamilton Township are required to perform a great deal of work when it comes to stormwater management.
Per the annual MS4 permit, all municipalities are required to meet current NJDEP regulations, including standards for privately owned storm drains. Please check with NJDEP regulations prior to your next re-paving, resurfacing, or similar alterations to ensure compliance, and please contact the Township Engineering Division with any questions or concerns.
Cooperative Evaluation & Development
In 2011, Hamilton Township partnered with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program to evaluate watershed and stormwater management issues and develop recommendations for improving and protecting water resources in the community.
Together, Hamilton Township and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) continue to work on a community-wide evaluation of water resource management needs and the development of priorities and recommendations for actions.
Goals for this ongoing effort include:
- Engaging the community in water resource protection
- Managing water quality
- Minimizing localized flooding
- Implementing Phase II stormwater controls
- Improving stormwater facility maintenance
- General Stormwater Information
- What Residents & Businesses Can Do
- Stormwater Reports
- Stormwater Presentations March 2023
- (Handout) Introduction NJ Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Maintenance Guidance (PDF)
- Ground Water Brochure (PDF)
- Nonpoint Source Pollution Brochure (PDF)
- Stormwater Brochure (PDF)
- Stormwater Management (PDF)
- Stormwater Management Facilities Inspection Report Template (PDF)
- Stormwater Public Education Cartoons (PDF)
- Urbanization Brochure (PDF)
- Whats a Watershed (PDF)
Stormwater Management Reports
- 2022 Hamilton Outfall Assessment Report (PDF)
- 2022 Illicit Discharge Investigation Report (PDF)
- 2019 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (PDF)
- 2018 Final Stormwater Management Program (PDF)
- Final 2018 Municipal Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (PDF)
- Municipal Stormwater Management Plan for Hamilton (PDF)
- Municipal Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for Hamilton (PDF)
- Outfall Mapbook B (PDF)
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program Reports
- 04292019 Outfall Sampling Results (XLSX)
- 20110909 Hydrology Report Final (PDF)
- 20120214 Implementation Plan Final Complete (PDF)
- 20121206 Basin Assessment Report Final - Complete (PDF)
- 20130828 Basin Assessment Summary Addendum Year 2 Final (PDF)
- 20131220 Suitability Report Final (PDF)
- 20140529 Hamilton Modeling Report Final (PDF)
- 20140602 Stormwater Mitigation Plan Final Draft with Attachments (PDF)
- 20140611 Impervious Cover Assessment Final (PDF)
- 20140930 Basin Assessment Summary Year 3 Final (PDF)
- 20150506 Riparian Corridor Habitat Conservation Analysis Final (PDF)
- 20151106 Hamilton Hydrologic Model Report (PDF)
- 20151214 Outfall Assessment Report Revised (PDF)
- 20171231 Basin Assessment Summary Year 4 Final (PDF)
- 20171231 Hamilton Outfall Assessment Final (PDF)
- 2018 Hamilton Stormwater Mitigation Plan - Final Rutgers (PDF)
- 2019 Basin Assessments Year 5B Past Priority Addendum11272019 (PDF)
- 2019 Basin Report Year 5A Hamilton Owned Addendum 11272019 (PDF)
- 2019 Hamilton Floodplain Acquisition Plan 11252019 (PDF)
- 2019 Hamilton Outfall Assessment 11272019 (PDF)
- 2019 Illicit Discharge Elimination Program 11182019 (PDF)
- 2019 Illicit Discharge Investigation April 2019 11182019 (PDF)
- 2019 TMDL Report 12052019 (PDF)