Cranford Project Canopy
The Cranford Environmental Commission is sponsoring the Cranford Canopy Project! Through this program, residents can purchase a tree to plant in your yard and help rebuild the tree canopy in Cranford. Plant a tree as a tribute, to celebrate a milestone in your life, or simply to enjoy the beauty and shade it will give. 

The trees will be in containers, and will be approximately 4-6 ft tall, at a heavily discounted price of $25 per tree (these trees retail for about $75). You will be able to pick up your tree in Cranford in Spring 2023 (more details to follow). Planting and care instructions will be provided, and you will be responsible for planting in your yard. Supplies are very limited, so reserve yours today through this link!

The program is supported by the Township of Cranford, the Cranford Environmental Commission, with funding from the NJ Shade Tree Federation William J. Porter Community Tree Project Award. Our goal is to plant at least 100 new trees to beautify the town (and your yard!), reduce stormwater runoff, and ensure trees thrive in our town for today and the future.

Trees are very effective at reducing the risk of flooding. Large shade trees absorb thousands of gallons of water, reducing stormwater runoff and soil erosion. Trees also increase the value of properties, reduce the cost of heating and cooling and act as a valuable resource, improving appearance and tranquility of the neighborhood. Contact with questions.

Rule Proposal Notice


Notice of Proposed Amendments, Repeal and New Rule
N.J.A.C. 7:8-1.2, 1.6, 2.1, 5.4, 5.6 and 5.7; N.J.A.C 7:13-1.1, 1.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 10.1, 12.6 and Appendix 1

Take notice that the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is proposing rule amendments to the rules governing Stormwater Management (SWM), N.J.A.C. 7:8, and the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) Rules, N.J.A.C. 7:13. Spurred by the devastation caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, the proposed amendments and new rules would ensure that development in flood prone areas and stormwater management systems throughout the State are constructed to more protective standards that reflect projected precipitation due to a changing climate, especially as to increased precipitation events. The proposed amendments would apply to any person or entity that is proposing a regulated activity within a regulated area under the FHACA rules and any person or entity that is proposing a major development as defined by the SWM rules. The rule proposal is anticipated for publication in the December 5, 2022 New Jersey Register.

Informed by recent, peer-reviewed precipitation studies performed by Cornell University, the proposed amendments and new rules incorporate the best available, New Jersey-specific precipitation data to inform the methodologies by which construction design standards required by the FHACA and SWM rules are determined for buildings and infrastructure subject to these rules and the standards specified in the rules. The Department proposes amending N.J.A.C. 7:13-3.3, 3.4, and 3.6, as well as N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.4 and 5.6, to account for expected flood increases due to increasing rainfall severity resulting from a changing climate. N.J.A.C. 7:8-5.7 is proposed for amendment to remove the option to utilize the outdated rational and modified rational methods for calculations. N.J.A.C. 7:8 is further proposed for amendment to require groundwater recharge calculations to show that the two-year storm that is being infiltrated is based on the climate change projected (future precipitation) two-year storm. 

The proposed amendments would require all entities subject to the proposed FHACA rule to account for expected flood increases in riverine areas due to increasing precipitation amounts by adding additional factors of safety to published Department and fluvial FEMA delineations. An applicant choosing to utilize a Department or FEMA promulgated map in a fluvial area would have to add an additional two-foot factor of safety to the current regulatory flood elevation. Additionally, where published mapping isn’t available, or where a prospective applicant chooses to employ consultants to calculate the design flood elevation rather than rely on mapping, increased flooding would be addressed using projected rainfall totals for the 100-year storm. The proposed amendments also require use of rainfall data updated to the present, and projected into the future, to analyze site hydrology and design stormwater management facilities. Additionally, N.J.A.C. 7:13-6.7 and 10.1 are proposed to be amended to ensure that the Department will not approve a flood hazard area permit that does not meet applicable design and construction standards established under the Federal National Flood Insurance Program or New Jersey’s Uniform Construction Code at N.J.A.C. 5:23. Finally, proposed new language at N.J.A.C. 7:13-12.6 addresses limited cases where a public transportation entity proposes railroad or public roadway improvements that have reached certain milestones in its development.

The rule proposal is anticipated to be published in the December 5, 2022 New Jersey Register. A copy of the proposal is available from the Department at; official repository libraries; and LexisNexis free public access to the New Jersey Register, The Department will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. The hearing will be conducted virtually through the Department’s video conferencing software, Microsoft Teams. The hearing will remain open until all testimony has been heard and will be recorded.

A link to the virtual public hearing will be provided on the Department’s Division of Land Resource Protection’s website (

If you are interested in providing oral testimony at the virtual public hearing, please email the Department at no later than 5:00 P.M. Monday, January 9, 2023, with your contact information (name, organization, telephone number, and email address). Please note that the Department will take oral testimony at the hearing by alphabetical order of the testifying person’s last name.

Written comments will be accepted through February 3, 2022. The Department encourages electronic submittal of comments at Alternatively, comments may be submitted in hard copy to: Lauren Zarrillo, Esq.
ATTN: DEP Docket No. 08-22-10
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
Mail Code 401-04L; PO Box 402
401 East State Street, 7th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Next Meeting

Of the  Cranford Environmental Commission is:

Thursday May 18,  2023  7:30  PM 

This meeting will be held at the Cranford Community Center. Contact us if you are interested in attending.

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Cranford has started a food waste composting program at the Conservation Center! Just drop off your kitchen scraps in the bin next to the office/shed at the conservation center, labeled "food waste." The posted image shows what's acceptable; collecting and dropping off scraps in plastic bags is ok too. You do NOT need a Conservation Center permit to drop food scraps.
The waste will be processed to generate renewable energy for the Rahway Valley Sewer Authority water treatment plant. Thanks to this program, you can now divert your food waste from landfills!
More about the process here.

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