Northeastern New Jersey
Northeastern New Jersey
Northeastern New Jersey
Northeastern New Jersey
Program OverviewNortheastern New Jersey, which includes Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and Bayonne, is an area rich in history and culture. The 600,000 people who live in these communities are no strangers to flood risk and have longstanding equity and environmental justice concerns. As we saw during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, flooding can have devastating impacts on people’s lives and the area’s economy. The effects of climate change are increasing the risk of flooding and, therefore, the impacts of flooding. Work has been done to decrease the area’s vulnerability to flooding, but more is needed.
Through Resilient Northeastern New Jersey (Resilient Northeastern NJ), people living and working in the region have an opportunity to help make our communities less susceptible to flooding and improve quality of life. The Resilient Northeastern NJ program is a joint effort between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Bayonne, Hudson County, Ironbound Community Corporation, and HOPES Community Assistance Partnership. The program will identify and implement flood risk reduction strategies to improve long-term environmental and economic resilience in the region.
We invite you to visit this website often to learn about how you can participate in the Resilient Northeastern NJ process and track the program’s progress.
Resilient Northeastern NJ will provide a clear vision and roadmap for reducing flood risk through deep collaboration between local and state governments and community-based organizations, along with valuable input from the public and other stakeholders. The plan will leave a legacy of regional investment and information and resource sharing to help our people and places thrive in the decades to come. The plan will be driven by best available data, technical evaluation, and inclusive and equitable engagement. It will leverage best practices to create social, environmental, and economic benefits and bring value to all who will share in the region’s future.
WE WOULD LIKE YOUR INPUT
The Resilient Northeastern NJ project will develop flood risk and resilience solutions for Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and Bayonne. We are seeking your feedback on what you value most in your community and how flooding impacts you. Please provide your input by taking our survey!
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What is Resilient New Jersey?
Resilient New Jersey, administered through the NJDEP Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning, brings together planners, engineers, designers, and other experts to address flood-related hazards at a regional scale. In addition to Resilient Northeastern NJ, communities are partnering with NJDEP to lead similar projects in these other areas:
- Raritan River and Bay Communities (Woodbridge, Old Bridge, Sayreville, South Amboy, Perth Amboy, South River, and Carteret)
- Long Beach Island (Long Beach, Beach Haven, Barnegat Light, Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars, and Surf City)
- Atlantic County Coastal Region (Ventnor, Atlantic City, Longport, Margate, Northfield, Pleasantville, and Brigantine)
For more information on these other projects, visit resilient.nj.gov
Resilient Northeastern New Jersey Roadmap
Below are links to resiliency efforts in the Northeastern New Jersey region that helped pave the way to Resilient Northeastern NJ and a look at the program’s anticipated timeline.
- Newark Sustainability Action Plan– Vision for a sustainable Newark. Read the plan here.
- Hoboken Resiliency and Readiness Plan– Proposed actions for Hoboken to take based on damages experienced during Hurricane Sandy. Read the plan here.
- Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan– Strategy for implementing green infrastructure across Hoboken, incorporating public input. Read the plan here.
- Jersey City Sandy Recovery Strategic Recovery Planning Report– Documented damages from Hurricane Sandy in Jersey City. Includes proposed draft action plan. Read the report here.
- Hudson County Sandy Strategic Recovery Planning Report – Documented damages from Hurricane Sandy across Hudson County; includes proposed repair measures and a draft action plan. Read the report here.
- Visualizations of Adaptation Scenarios and Next Steps White Paper– Concept plans and visualizations for proposed resiliency measures in Jersey City, prepared by Michael Baker for Jersey City. Read the report here.
- South Ironbound Resiliency Action Plan– Resiliency recommendations for the South Ironbound neighborhood, prepared by Ironbound Community Corporation and American Planning Association. Read the plan here.
- Hoboken Resilient Building Design Guidelines– Summary of construction requirements in flood hazard areas and guidance on best practices. Read the guidelines here.
- Engaging and Strengthening Hudson County– Concurrent with development of 2016 Hudson County Master Plan Re-examination, Parks Master Plan, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan, and County Capital Improvement Plan. Read more about the planning initiative here.
- Updated Hudson County Land Development Regulations– Updated land development regulations focused on flood resilience and complete streets. Read the updated land development regulations here.
- Jersey City Resiliency Master Plan, Adaptation Master Plan, and Urban Environmental Green Infrastructure Plan– Vulnerability and risk assessments for Jersey City, further-developed proposed resiliency measures that had been identified in Michael Baker Report, and strategies for green infrastructure across the city. Read a summary document of the reports here.
- Newark Coastal Vulnerability Assessment– Coastal vulnerability assessment for portions of downtown Newark, prepared by Rutgers. Read the report here.
- Hoboken Master Plan Green Building and Environmental Sustainability Element– Numerous sustainability and resiliency recommendations, including those related to coastal and rainfall flooding. Read the plan here.
- Bayonne Master Plan Re-examination Report– Focus on redevelopment and economic revitalization across Bayonne. Read the report here.
- Essex County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Newark participated in the Essex County 2020 update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Access the plan and additional information here.
- Hudson County Hazard Mitigation Plan– Bayonne, Hoboken, and Jersey City each participated in the Hudson County 2020 update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Access the plan and additional information here.
What do we want our region to look like in 2070? What should stay the same and what should change? What do we want our relationship with water to look like?
What neighborhoods and infrastructure in our region are most at risk of flooding today and in the future (2070)? What tools do we have to address these risks?
What policies, programs, or projects can be implemented to address risks and achieve the identified visions? How will the solutions impact our region?
What actions do we commit to? What is needed to accomplish these actions? How can each person in our region do something to help?
If you live or work in Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, or Bayonne, you are the most important stakeholder. Most likely, you have already been impacted by flooding in some way and the long-term effects of Resilient Northeastern New Jersey will affect your community. Your input is vitally important to support the development of an effective roadmap for flood reduction that will also improve the daily quality of life in your region.
Get Resilient NJ project updates!
You can easily get project updates by signing up via the form below, or simply leave a voicemail with your email address and/or comments on our project hotline at 201-275-0861. Staffing constraints do not allow for callbacks, but all comments will be reviewed and considered. Look forward to hearing from you!
Tell us what is important to you!
Take this survey so you can tell us about the places you value most in your neighborhood or areas where you have seen flooding.
Download the Irys app on your mobile phone to report current or past flooding, share your input directly to the project team, and get regular project updates. You can also plot your thoughts on our map!