Raritan River Rain Garden Rebate Program
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program has partnered with the New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA) Watershed Protection Program to offer rebates to homeowners that build rain gardens. This program was initially piloted in Somerville, NJ during the summer of 2013. For the spring of 2014, the program will be offered in Bridgewater, Raritan Borough, and Somerville, NJ.
Rebates will be provided to homeowners to offset the cost to install a rain garden on their property. Rebates will be in the amount of $3 per square foot of garden up to $450 per lot.
To qualify for a rebate, you must:
- First, attend one community workshop
- Second, after attending the community workshop, attend a technical workshop where you can meet with a Rutgers design professional to plan and lay out your garden
design a rain garden on your own and have it approved by the RCE Water Resources Program
- Third, install your rain garden
We will also work with community members to construct demonstration rain gardens as part of this project. We feel this will help encourage homeowners to participate in the rain garden rebate program.