Stormwater update!

Congratulations to the Green Teams, Environmental Commissions and local activists who helped Long Branch, Eatontown and Middletown gain approval to add some additional green enhancements to their local stormwater ordinance.  Together we are making a difference in the amount of stormwater runoff in our watersheds.

If you have a good news story about stormwater in your town, please send it to:

Our next step is to help our towns amend the newly adopted ordinance by adding the ‘redevelopment’ enhancement. The Watershed Institute’s sample ordinance definition of redevelopment follows:

“Redevelopment” means an activity that results in the creation, addition, or replacement of impervious surface area on an already developed site. Redevelopment includes, but is not limited to: the expansion of a building footprint; addition or replacement of a structure or a portion of a structure regardless of footprint; and replacement of impervious surface area that is not part of a routine maintenance activity. If a project is considered to be a redevelopment project, all new impervious cover, whether created by adding to or replacing impervious cover that was in existence before the redevelopment occurs, shall be considered in calculating the requirements for stormwater management. However, any such new impervious cover that will drain into an existing stormwater best management practice that is to remain after the redevelopment and that meets current stormwater management requirements shall be deducted from the total amount of impervious surface that must be treated by new stormwater best management practices. In the case of a redevelopment project, the pre-developed land cover shall be considered to be wooded. 

For example, if you have an old strip mall that is being redeveloped, we want the developer to follow the green infrastructure guidelines as if this were a new development.

Since most of our towns are mostly built up, redevelopment will predominate. Send this definition to your municipal engineer.  If you want help, contact:

Popamora point county park clean up!

Join our cleanup to help keep our watershed healthy at Popamora Point County Park in Atlantic Highlands along the Henry Hudson Trail.

⭐️ Saturday May 8th (10:00 AM-12:00) ⭐️

Gloves, trash bags, & trash pickers will be provided 🧤! Masks and social distancing are mandatory and we encourage everyone to pre-register for this cleanup. We hope to see everyone there 🌱. Link to register: or in our “My Calendar” tab on our website.

Exciting new things ahead

The weather is finally getting nicer and WPBWA is ready to get back outside!

Erin Conlon from Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute is showing our new volunteer, Aline Ochao, how to test Takanassee Lake for pH, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. We are looking forward to the new projects up ahead and we hope you are too!

stormwater management ordinance meeting for ocean township!

We encourage Ocean Township residents/members/anyone interested to attend this meeting! There is an important stormwater management meeting (online) this Thursday (December 3, 2020 @ 7:00 PM). Use the link ( & plug in the access code to join the meeting!

Ocean Township will be deciding the new rules and we would like everyone to join. Help Ocean Township review the new provisions to stop the flooding. We hope to see you all there!

spooky ross lake hut

We are excited to announce the Spooky Ross Lake Hut! 🎃👻The hut will be decorated for Halloween this weekend so come drive by on October 30-31 to see it! 

Sponsored by the City of Long Branch, Long Branch Club Scout Pack 113, and WPBWA 🎃. All are welcome to come…. we hope to see you all there!

Green infrastructure & nj stormwater management

Join us for our webinar on Green Infrastructure & NJ Stormwater Management on 10/23 from 12-1:30 PM! 


Learn more about Green Infrastructure, Non-Point Pollution Control, Stormwater Utility, & have some FAQ’s be answered. 

We will be exploring the implications and implementation of new statewide rules that call for the use of green infrastructure to reduce pollution and flooding caused by stormwater runoff. 

A huge thanks to our partners: Clean Ocean Action, Jersey Shore Group – New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, Long Branch Green Team, Urban Coast Institute, and Deal Lake Watershed Alliance. We hope to see everyone there : )

September Ross Lake Journal

We are excited to show our Ross Lake Journal for the month of September! Written by Carin Sharp, this journal details the parks transition into the fall, the different people we have met at the park, and their stories. We encourage & welcome everyone to come and enjoy the beauty of the park while the weather gets cooler!

The parks address is: 19 Elinore Avenue, Long Branch NJ. We hope to see new/ returning visitors at the park & if anyone takes any pictures of the park send it to us on instagram @whalepondwatershednj to have your picture featured on our account!


Please register for the event on the Urban Coast Institute’s website by clicking hereAttendees will be provided a link to the webinar upon registering.

Please join us for a free expert panel discussion on how stormwater pollution and flooding affects the health of local water bodies. The event is being hosted by the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association in partnership with Clean Ocean Action, the Long Branch Green Team, the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, and the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Sophie Glovier, municipal policy specialist for the Watershed Institute, will discuss steps residents can take to combat stormwater runoff pollution in their towns.

Dr. Jason Adolf, Monmouth University endowed associate professor in marine science, will share observations from current research on the linkages between rainfall and microbial pollution at surfing beaches near outflow pipes and storm drains in Asbury Park, Deal and Long Branch.

For more information or questions, contact Faith Teitelbaum at

To register, click here.

The Future of Stormwater Management


Kansas City has become a national leader in stormwater management by combining green infrastructure and digital technology! Read about why we should push for Stormwater Utility near us!


Sewers are buried 8 ft underground which creates the perfect out of sight out of mind illusion. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are 748 U.S. cities with combined sewer systems, totaling more than 9,000 raw-sewage outfalls, discharging an estimated 850 billion gallons of untreated sewage into U.S. waterways annually (Features, Sidewalk Talk. “The Future of Stormwater Management Runs through Kansas City”). 


During heavy rainfalls, stormwater runoff enters the city’s aging combined sewer system, where it mixes with raw sewage, fills the pipe beyond its capacity, and discharges its overflow through those outfalls and straight into the Blue River. It pollutes riverbanks, parks, beaches, marine life, and drinking water on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.


Kansas City created the unique solution called Smart Sewer Program. Smart Sewer Program: combining green infrastructure to soak up excess rainfall and monitor the rain flow using digital technology. The solution lies in working with the water and not against it. As Kansas City is experiencing more extreme rainfall than it did 10 years ago, the sewer discharge is declining thanks to this program!


To help alleviate the amount of rainfall flowing into sewage systems above ground installations such as rain gardens, bioswales, planted medians, curb bump-outs, and street tree plantings with deep soil cells were introduced. This helped to gather, retain, and use stormwater while also keeping it from overwhelming the sewer system. These solutions  soak up rainfall like a sponge.


Kansas City controls the volume of water in the Gardner Reservoir by using a valve that’s controlled by cloud connected sensors and local weather forecasts. If the reservoir is full and a storm is coming, the technology opens the valve to drain some water and closes it before the storm comes.