CRANFORD — To help demonstrate a commitment to preventing future flooding, the Cranford Township Committee pledged to reduce impervious surfaces on municipal property by 10 percent by 2015.
“Impervious surfaces do not let storm water get into the ground which causes the run off that contributes to flooding,” Mayor Tom Hannen said. ”While we know that better storm water management has many facets that we believe we must implement, the pledge and follow up actions will contribute to reduce run off.”
Commissioner Lisa Adubato added, “ Irene showed once again the seriousness of the problem Cranford faces and we hope to contribute to the solution. For example, reducing run off from the municipal parking lot by implementation of best practices, such as replacing impervious cover with pervious surface, will reduce the storm water that gets into the river.”
“The Township’s Environmental Commission and Planning Board have made this strategy one of its main priorities,” Deputy Mayor Ed O’Malley stated. ”Cranford Township will set an example for our residents and businesses that where appropriate better storm water management techniques should be implemented.”
“We are also asking residents and businesses throughout Cranford to consider where it is appropriate on their own property to reduce runoff through tree plantings, rain gardens or replacement of impervious surfaces where possible,” Commissioner Andis Kalins said.
Commissioner Kevin Campbell said, “Extreme weather patterns are an indication that communities like Cranford have to consider better management of storm water so that we can reduce the damages caused by these storms.”
“This action today is a small part of an overall plan to do what we can to better protect our residents,” Hannen concluded. “Cranford is actively participating in the regional effort to mitigate flooding which is showing some progress. This action now is a clarion call to our neighbors upstream to join in the effort so that we can better manage the next storm. Overdevelopment was permitted to take place without consideration of the inadequate management of storm water. This is a chance to work towards solutions that can make a difference.”