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Green Street Demonstration Project
Haledon Ave “Green Street” Grant Award
The County of Passaic was awarded $330,572.00 in funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Pollutions Control Grants SFY2014 (319h) program to implement a “Green Streets” project! The project area is along Haledon Avenue from North 2nd Street to the N. Straight Street Bridge in Paterson.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines “Green Streets” as “…a transportation corridor that incorporates low-impact design elements and promotes non-vehicular forms of transportation.”

This project relates to the NJ DEP’s 319h program as its implementation will reduce peak stormwater runoff volumes and flows; result in fewer combined sewerage overflow (CSO) events; improve water quality; create more green space; and mitigate urban heat island effect.

All of these benefits will ultimately result in improved water quality in the Passaic River and surrounding bodies of water by treating over 7 million gallons of stormwater annually

Green Streets Principles:

  • Reduce Storm Water Flow
  • Improve Water Quality
  • Reduce Urban Heating
  • Enhance Pedestrian Safety
  • Reduce Carbon Footprint
  • Beautify Neighborhoods
  • Complete/Multi-Modal Streets
  • Catalyst for Redevelopment

Green Street Strategies

Gallons of Stormwater Treated Annually

Street Trees with tree pits


Pervious concrete bike lane or shoulder


Rain Gardens


Vegetated swale




The Haledon Avenue corridor was chosen because it is an ideal candidate for Green Street modifications. There is a significant stormwater management issue due to antiquated storm sewers and proximity to the Passaic River. The roadway is a particularly wide urban arterial with an excess of pavement and low-use of on-street parking, which encourages high speeds and creates a dangerous situation for pedestrians and bicyclists.

In addition to the green infrastructure the project will include reconstruction of sidewalks and handicap ramps, high visibility crosswalks, installation of bike lanes, and proper curb reveal.

Click here for more info on the NJDEP 319(h) program