The Northeastern New Jersey Region includes Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and Bayonne. The region is densely and diversely populated and is highly interconnected through a complex network of transportation infrastructure, including public transit, highways, freight rail, and ports. The region was heavily affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Many homes and businesses were flooded. There were widespread power outages and damage to critical regional transportation systems and healthcare assets. The extensive impacts of Hurricane Sandy underscored the need to strengthen the area’s resiliency by reducing its vulnerability to extreme weather events and coastal flooding.
In addition to coastal flooding, many neighborhoods in the region experience flooding during rain events. Heavy rainfall can overwhelm the drainage infrastructure, which also carries sewage from homes. This flooding disrupts daily activities and businesses, can contain raw sewage, and will only get worse as climate change increases the intensity of rainfall.
Resilience-related planning has advanced in recent years, although many critical assets and populated areas still are at risk for flooding. Resilient Northeastern NJ seeks to develop solutions to reduce flood risk. These may include various approaches to developing land, programs to increase awareness of flood risk, or physical projects that might improve the natural environment’s ability to absorb water or keep water out.
Learn more by downloading the About Our Region report. This report is draft and open for comment. You can provide comments on the report using the link below. The report will be part of a series of documents that will be published through the life of the project that will be updated over time and combined into the final action plan.
TO READ MORE ABOUT EACH MUNICIPALITY, CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:
What Places Matter to You?
Tell us something you love in your region, something you want to add, or something you want to change using the map below.
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.
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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!
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Community Advisory Council is a diverse group of community representatives from flood-prone areas in Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and Bayonne. The Council is facilitated by representatives of Ironbound Community Corporation and HOPES CAP, Inc. Council members meet quarterly and have the following responsibilities:
- Share information about the project with their community
- Review materials as needed
- Ensure effectiveness of engagement of socially vulnerable and historically underserved populations
- Ensure community priorities are clearly reflected in the planning process
THE REGION TEAM AND STEERING COMMITTEE
The Steering Committee is made up of representatives from each of the Region Team entities that partnered together for the Resilient Northeastern NJ initiative. Below are the Steering Committee members for each Region Team entity:
- Hudson County – Kevin Force, Francesca Giarratana
- Jersey City – Kate Lawrence, Lindsey Sigmund, Carolina Ramos
- Newark – Nathaly Agosto Filión, Robert Thomas, Juba Dowdell
- Hoboken – Caleb Stratton, Jennifer Gonzalez, Sabit Nasir
- Bayonne – Suzanne Mack, Andrew Raichle
- Ironbound Community Corporation – Drew Curtis, Maria Lopez-Nuñez
- HOPES CAP, Inc. – Evelyn Mercado, Barbara Reyes