Hudson County residents are well aware of the damage that flooding can cause to their homes, business and possessions. Superstorm Sandy certainly made that perfectly clear nearly a decade ago. Every time the region gets heavy rains, parts of Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne and Newark in Essex County suffer the consequences.
On Wednesday, Resilient Northeastern NJ held its fourth, virtual, community meeting to discuss, update and project forward solutions being worked on to address the effects of climate change on flooding in the region.
The Resilient Northeastern NJ project aims to develop flood risk and resilience solutions for the Northeastern New Jersey region, which includes Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and Bayonne. The project is funded and spearheaded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and is led by the municipalities, Hudson County, as well as two community-based organizations, HOPES CAP and Ironbound Community Corporation.
More than 100 people attended the online session, with representatives from the NJDEP, municipal leaders with expertise in planning and a host of steering committee members and community advisory committee members from Resilient Northeastern NJ participating in lively discussions on what has been done so far to address flooding problem.
The Resilient Northeastern NJ website states, “We’re aiming to release our draft resilience action plan this Spring, and we are looking for your feedback now to help prioritize solutions for reducing flooding.”
During the meeting, breakout sessions were held to look at new flood models that help tell the story of current and future flooding. Possible solutions were discussed and what their implications would be on the communities in the project region. The meeting covered many topics, including:
• What does flood risk look like for you now and in the future?
• How are resilience planners partnering with the community to develop a plan to address flooding?
• Based on your feedback and technical analyses, what physical actions can reduce flooding while improving well-being?
• What programs and policies can help shape the future we want to see?
Resilient Northeastern NJ wants the public’s feedback and suggestions. You can call 201-398-4333 or email resilientNENJ@dep.nj.gov with any questions. Be sure to check out the website at www.resilient.nj.gov/nenj to learn more about the project.