Middlesex County NJ

NJ - Middlesex County and municipalities join Resilient NJ to initiate resiliency plan to reduce flood risk

The Resilient NJ: Raritan River and Bay Communities initiative seeks community input to build an equitable and impactful long-term climate adaptation strategy

October 31, 2016

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – A coalition of local Middlesex County leaders and technical experts today announced the launch of the Resilient NJ: Raritan River and Bay Communities initiative. This joint effort led  by NJDEP in partnership with Middlesex County including the municipalities of Carteret, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, and Woodbridge —and supported by Arcadis – will identify and implement flood risk reduction strategies for the Raritan River and Bay region to improve long-term environmental and economic resiliency.

To ensure an equitable approach to resiliency, the project team is seeking input, information, and recommendations from local residents regarding their own experiences with flooding and storm events. Specifically, the Resilient NJ: Raritan River and Bay Communities initiative will work to address flooding from coastal storms, high tides, heavy precipitation, and overflowing riverbanks. Community engagement is critical to ensure an impactful outcome.

“We are excited to work with municipal and county leaders in the Resilient NJ regions to identify locally-driven regional solutions to current and future flooding” said New Jersey Chief Resilience Officer Dave Rosenblatt. “Strengthening New Jersey against today’s climate threats is an important part of our long-term approach to climate resilience and we applaud these leaders for their vision and initiative.”

“While the County has strengthened its flood resilience since Hurricane Sandy, the partnering municipalities are still vulnerable to increased flood risk from increasingly intense storm events, sea-level rise, and climate change,” said Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios. “The announcement today is symbolic of the County’s continued commitment towards future-forward projects that build a strong foundation for our communities to thrive for generations to come. We’re eager to hear from constituents who live and work in the region to participate in this long-term resiliency plan to ensure that it is reflective of their social, economic, and physical priorities.”

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