Waterfront South Rain Gardens Supplemental Environmental Project, Camden, NJ
Is it possible to convert an ugly old abandoned gas station into a beautiful rain garden? Yes, it is!
Abandoned nearly 20 years, remediation efforts of the gas station involved removal of 12 underground storage tanks, 1,850 tons of contaminated soil and treatment of contaminated groundwater.
The site has been transformed into attractive rain gardens, planted with trees, shrubs and grasses. The gardens are designed to manage as much as one million gallons of stormwater, aid in the control of local flooding and reduce stormwater runoff flowing to the Delaware River or to the local sewage treatment plant.
The landscape provides habitats for both birds and butterflies, and is designed with green walking paths that serve as gateways into the Camden Waterfront South community.