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Long Valley Rain Garden


A rainwater garden can be a small planting area on the drainage outfall of a house or parking lot.  Rainwater is filtered naturally by the plants and soil in the garden. Rainwater runoff, may contain pollutants including fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, yard wastes, sediment, and animal wastes.This runoff drains into sewers and may endangers our water resources. This runoff eutrophies waterways and produces a threat to groundwater in the long term.  By keeping as much rainwater as possible close to where it falls, the impact to our waterways and groundwater can be reduced.


A rainwater garden is a relatively small area of plantings near the drain spout of a building or paved area. Rainwater is routed to the garden and filtered naturally by the plants and soils in the garden. This filtration process removes nutrients and pollutants. By acting as a micro-detention pond, the raingarden plants and soils provide an easy, natural way of reducing the amount of water that flows from rooftops, lawns, and driveways. Then, using the concept of bioretention, these gardens remove pollutants from storm water and help restore natural infiltration.


Hardy native plant species (with deep root systems) are preferred for raingardens. Rainwater gardens can work virtually everywhere. Their location, size, and effectiveness depend on such things as the amount of rain that moves from a house/building, the number and location of downspouts, soil types and the plants used. The gardens are practical in landscaped areas along drives or walks, corner pieces to the yard, and receiving areas for roof downspouts or sump pump hoses. Maintenance is minimal once the rainwater garden is established.


The benefits are:

  • Efficiently and effectively filters a substantial amount of polluted runoff
  • Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Aesthetic landscaping for your property
  • Helps recharge and renew neighborhood groundwater
  • Slows flow of water from house/building


Safe Medicine Drop


Project Medicine Drop is a program designed to allow Township residents to properly and safely dispose of their unwanted or expired household medications.

Residents can bring their unwanted or expired household medications removed from the original packaging and placed in a zip lock or similar type plastic bag to the Washington Township Police Department  24 hours a day. Residents will then place their medication into the Project Medicine Drop box which is located inside Police Headquarters at the police station anonymously and free of charge.  The medications will then safely and properly be destroyed.  

The Washington Township Police Department is located at 1 East Springtown Road.

Municipal Alliance

It is the mission of the Washington Township Municipal Alliance to prevent and reduce abusive behaviors inclusive of alcoholism, substance abuse, and bullying, along with violence, vandalism and victimization while attempting to remediate long-term harm and devastation that abusive behaviors of all kinds cause to our youth and families. We will act in partnership with our community and our allied agencies in a pro-active manner to promote a realistic and responsive approach utilizing education, prevention, public awareness and intervention while promoting positive alternatives to at-risk behaviors. 


The Washington Township Municipal Alliance meets 8 times each year on the second Tuesday of each month. Most meetings occur at the Washington Township Police Department.  Visit the Township calendar to verify locations. Upcoming meetings:

January 9

February 13 (meeting at the Muncipal Building)

March 13

April 10

May 15

September 18

October 9

November 13


Visit the Morris County Division of Human Services Municipal Alliance website page for more information. 

Upcoming Events/Programs in our community. Sponsored by a variety of organizations and resources:  

February 2018.  NJ Shout Down Drugs Competition.  Enter your song, highlighting a positive message about staying away from drugs.  

January 11, 2018Nurtured Heart.  Butler Borough Public Library. 

January 10, 2018.  Chris Herren.  Watchung Hills Regional High School. 

December 28, 2017Hope One Van at the Washington Township Library.  10 am - 2pm.  Narcan training/information and Narcan kit to anyone who qualifies. 

November 29, 2017John Morello on Drugs Bullying and Choices.  Morris Knolls High School.  7 pm. 

November 28, 2017.  Morris County Prevention Forum. "Defining the Problem & Exploring the Solution"  Registration required. 

November 28, 2017 Cyber Safety.  Wharton

November 28, 2017.  Cultivating a Culture of Kindness.  Morristown.  6:30 pm

November 8, 2017Narcan Training.  Pine Brook.  Registration required. 

November 6, 2017'Chasing the Dragon - The Life of an Opiate Addict'.  Montville

November 2, 2017Hidden in Plain Sight.  Jefferson Twp. High School.

October 17, 2017 - "If I Could Have a Do-Over".  John Halligan will discuss the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. 7 PM.  West Morris Central Auditorium

October 12, 2017.  Screenagers - Growing Up In the Digital Age . 7 PM.  West Morris Central HS

October 1, 8, 22Opiate/oid Awareness Discussion.  3:30 - 5pm.  Community Prestyterian Church of Chester.

 April 26, 2017. Prescription for Change.  7:30 PM.  Centenary University.

 April 12, 2017. Fight the Heroin & Opiate Epidemic Through Awareness Education.  7 PM.  Roxbury High School