This month, Resilient New Jersey launched a new planning effort to develop an action plan addressing flood risk in the Raritan River and Bay communities of New Jersey—including Woodbridge, Old Bridge, Sayreville, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, South River and Carteret in Middlesex County.
This joint effort between the municipalities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), and Middlesex County will study opportunities for the area to become more resilient while improving quality of life for more than 300,000 residents. SCAPE was selected to work with a team led by Arcadis and including InGroup, Irys, Heyer Gruel and Associates, and Sam Schwartz.
Currently, the project is in its first stage to define a vision and priorities for the overall planning effort. As part of this process, the team is gathering public input on flood risk reduction.
- Visit the interactive website. (Please note: the website is in the process of being translated into several different languages, which—once completed—can be activated at the Accessibility tab in the bottom right-hand corner, alongside other customizable accessibility features.)
- Contribute to the initial survey.
- Sign up for the email list.
You can also follow the project on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) at @ResilientRRBC. Over the coming months, stay tuned for further updates on virtual public meetings and focus groups to help guide the visioning process.
Photo © Don Shearls via Flickr Creative Commons.
For residents of New Jersey outside the project area, please note that in addition to the Raritan River and Bay Communities program, several other communities have partnered with NJDEP to lead similar projects in: Northeastern New Jersey, Long Beach Island and the Atlantic County Coastal Region. For more information on these other projects, visit resilient.nj.gov.