Post-Hurricane Sandy Resilience Planning
Super-storm Sandy destroyed more than 72,000 homes and businesses in New Jersey, killed 34 people and caused more than 362 billion in regional damage and other losses. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has recently engaged New Jersey Universities to propose technologies to minimize flooding due to storm surge and other flooding events in New Jersey. The effort will rely mainly on engineering designs, including “green infrastructure” for flood control, but the Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (CNRDP) of NJIT has also been tasked with inventorying New Jersey’s natural resource base to help achieve the integrated goal of protecting people and property while minimizing potential side-effects on aquatic and riparian ecosystems.
The CNRDP will prepare a comprehensive Natural Resource Inventory for the flood mitigation areas under study, and will present the draft inventory at a “Town Meeting” with regional decision-makers and other stakeholders. The goal will be to identify data gaps (if any) and likely areas of stakeholder concern. It is important to note that the effort will not be directed at resolving public concerns, but rather to simply record them. The second meeting will be used to present the preliminary engineering designs in the context of their potential interactions with natural resources including cumulative effects. Below are pictures of the town meetings at Monmouth University and Cumberland County College: