Stormwater issues are common in northern New Jersey and other parts of the country. One of our clients had a big problem with flooding in their backyard, so we were asked to develop a strategy to eliminate the issue. The existing condition of the yard was that water encroached on the property from multiple directions, and the yard didn’t actively engage it. The result was pooling of rain runoff. We developed a holistic strategy to both stop some of the water from coming onto the site as well as making it flow to detention and retention areas to eliminate flooding. The driveway was replaced with grass pavers to decrease the amount of impervious surfaces in the yard. Customized planters were used to both stop some of the water from coming onto site as well as to direct it to entry points so that the flow would move were we wanted it to go. We wanted to direct all of the water across two large rain gardens that were planted with amazing flowering native plants. The rain gardens were approximately 2 ft deep, and sat atop a large stormwater cistern. The project included a new patio area as well as new seating areas adjacent to the rain garden.