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Rebuild By Design – Hudson River 

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(FEIS) for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project

 

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition in the summer of 2013 to develop ideas to improve physical, ecological, economic, and social resilience in regions affected by Superstorm Sandy.  The competition sought to promote innovation by developing flexible solutions that would increase regional resilience. The proposed project was one of the competition’s six winning concepts; it was developed with the goal of reducing frequent flooding due to storm surge, high tide, and heavy rainfall.  HUD awarded $230 million to the State of New Jersey for the Project in the municipalities of Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City.

The proposed project takes a multi-faceted approach intended to address flooding from both major storm surges and high tides as well as from heavy rainfall events. The Proposed Project will occur throughout the City of Hoboken, and will extend into Weehawken and Jersey City, with the following approximate boundaries: the Hudson River to the east; Baldwin Avenue (in Weehawken) to the north; the Palisades to the west; and 18th Street, Washington Boulevard and 14th Street (in Jersey City) to the south.

The project’s comprehensive approach to resilience consists of four integrated components:

  1. Resist:  a combination of  hard infrastructure (such as bulkheads, floodwalls and seawalls) and soft landscaping features (such as berms and/or levees which could be used as parks) that act as barriers along the coast during exceptionally high tide and/or storm surge events;
  2. Delay: policy recommendations, guidelines and urban green infrastructure to slow stormwater runoff;
  3. Store: green and grey infrastructure improvements, such as bioretention basins, swales, and green roofs, that slow down and capture stormwater, and which will complement the efforts of the City of Hoboken’s existing Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan; and
  4. Discharge: enhancements to Hoboken’s existing stormwater management system, including the identification and upgrading of existing stormwater/sewer lines, outfalls and pumping stations.

Project Updates

Citizen Advisory Group Meeting Materials

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Community Meetings

Public Meetings

Documents for Public Comment

  • Final Floodplain and Wetland Notice for the Hudson river RBD Project English | Español

    Written comments on the Final Floodplain and Wetland Notice must be received by NJDEP on or before July 21 2017, or seven (7) days from the actual date of publication, whichever is later. NJDEP encourages electronic submittal of comments at http://www.rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov or to rbd-hudsonriver@dep.nj.gov.  In the alternative, comments may be submitted on paper to:
    Dennis Reinknecht, Program Manager, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Bureau of Flood Resilience, 501 East State Street, Mail Code 501-01A, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record on file at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad Street, PO Box 800, Trenton, NJ 08625-0800. The record is available for review and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. or can be viewed online at the address provided above. 

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS): The FEIS is available for public comment for a period of 30 days ending on July 17, 2017. Electronic copies of the FEIS are available for public review on the following websites: http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/rbd-hudsonriver-feis.htm and www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/review.

    You may submit comments using any one of the following methods:

    1. Email:  rbd-hudsonriver@dep.nj.gov
    2. Mail: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) c/o Dennis Reinknecht, Program Manager, Bureau of Flood Resilience, 501 East State Street, Mail Code 501-01A, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.
    3. Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

      To avoid duplication, please use only one of these methods. 

      CDs and paper copies of the FEIS will also be available for review at the following locations during regular business hours:

      • Hoboken City Hall: 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey
      • Hoboken Public Library: 500 Park Avenue, Hoboken, New Jersey
      • Hoboken Housing Authority: 400 Harrison Street, Hoboken, New Jersey
      • Jersey City City Hall: 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey
      • Jersey City Free Public Library – Pavonia Branch: 326 8th Street, Jersey City, New Jersey
      • Weehawken Town Hall: 400 Park Avenue, Weehawken, New Jersey
      • Weehawken Public Library: 49 Hauxhurst Avenue, Weehawken, New Jersey

    The FEIS is also available for download at http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/review/


Other Resources

Cooperating and Participating Agency Letters

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as part of the Hudson River Rebuild By Design (RBD) project has sent Cooperating Agency letters to several State and Federal agencies.  These Cooperating Agency letters are sent to formalize the agreement between the NJDEP and the individual State or Federal agencies with regards to this project.

These letters were sent to comply with regulations implemented by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which mandate that the NJDEP prepare a NEPA analyses and documentation "in cooperation with Federal and State governments" and other agencies with jurisdiction by law or special expertise (42 USC §§ 4331(a) and 42 USC §§ 4332(2)). 

All of the following letters were sent to agencies that the NJDEP has been and will continue to work with on the Hudson River RBD throughout the life of the project.

Additional information regarding the Rebuild by Design competition and the design concept are available below:

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