Jersey City BOE Receives Nearly $80K DEP Grant To Upgrade As Many As 39 Schools With Green Infrastructure

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New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced during a Tuesday press conference in Perth Amboy that Governor Phil Murphy’s administration has awarded $7 million in grants for projects across the state “to enhance and modernize local stormwater management practices and infrastructure in the face of worsening impacts from climate change.”

Among the recipients is the Jersey City Public School System, which will receive $79,521 to develop a plan to survey and retrofit up to 39 schools with green infrastructure.  Construction of rain gardens at two of the schools is part of the plan.

A press release from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection states, “The district, through its in-kind match partners, will make a $23,050 in-kind match, for a total project cost of $102,571.  Work will include assessment of green infrastructure opportunities, development of a plan to receive public input on the green infrastructure retrofit plans, and community education and outreach.”

“This innovative Stormwater Assistance Grant program is funding projects in all corners of the state that will mitigate flooding and improve the ecological health of our waterways,” Commissioner LaTourette said. “We are proud to provide our communities with the resources to make them safer, healthier, and more resilient. At the same time, we must acknowledge that we have much work to do to address New Jersey’s pressing water infrastructure needs, estimated at $30 billion.”

The DEP is funding the grant program with money from New Jersey’s Corporate Business Tax and the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.  The Jersey City Board of Education was the only Hudson County recipient of funds announced by the DEP on Tuesday.