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Members of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC), the Whippanong Library Board, and Boy Scout Troop 155, attend the sign dedication for the installation of a rain garden near the Whippanong Library. Pictured from left to right back and front rows: WRWAC members Jim Baranski and Library board members Dottie Herring, Angela Moschella, Carol Carlson, Board President Kathy Sheridan, Carol Leiwant, and Library Director Rochelle Levin. First row: WRWAC members Len Cipkins and Sal Iannaccone, boy scout members Margaret Wainscott, Troop 155 Committee Chair, boy scouts Timothy Wainscott, Michael Grogan, David Farrell, Jack Kelly, Justin Walker, Ryan Walker, and Josh Smith.
A dedication ceremony commemorating the installation of a rain garden at the Hanover Township Municipal building near the Whippanong Library took place on June 6 at 6:30 PM. A permanent sign, which details what a rain garden is and who was involved was installed by library officials, Boy Scout Troop 155 and members of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.
This rain garden uses natural systems to improve water quality in the watershed. It is an engineered landscape that collects water flowing off the library roof and removes pollutants from the water as it moves through plants and infiltrates into the soil. In addition to removing pollutants, the water draining through the soil is slowed to help reduce the risk of flooding in the watershed.
“The Whippanong Library Board of Trustees is proud our Library was chosen as the educational center to promote the benefits of our Hanover Township Rain Garden.” States Kathleen Sheridan, President, Whippanong Library Board of Trustees. “Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this exciting project to fruition.”
The rain garden was made possible with funding and support from the Township of Hanover, The Watershed Institute, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, and the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.
Maintenance of the Whippanong rain garden has been assigned to BSA Troop 155 of Hanover. A maintenance manual was created by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County. Scouts will be responsible for weeding, pruning and mulching while learning about conservation, responsibility, and leadership.
“This rain garden intercepts, treats and infiltrates approximately 1,320 gallons of rain per year before it becomes runoff,” states Jim Baranski, chair of the WRWAC. “Our organization has installed many rain gardens throughout the watershed to manage stormwater runoff and ultimately recharge underground aquifers.”
The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee is a non-profit, grassroots organization based in Morris County, comprised of members representing thirteen municipal governments, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and other stakeholders.