On June, 2, 2014, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that a design concept for the Meadowlands area near Little Ferry, Teterboro, Moonachie, and Carlstadt was selected as a winner of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition. To fund this project, HUD has allocated $150 million towards the design and construction of a solution that will reduce flooding risks and enhance resiliency in this area. Information regarding the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s timeline for the oversight of the design and construction of this project is available in the October 16, 2014 Federal Register. Additional information on the DEP’s public outreach and contracting opportunities will be available on this website.
Read the newspaper published version which includes the Notice of Early Public Review of a Proposed Activity in a 100-year Floodplain and Wetlands for the Rebuild by Design Meadowlands Flood Protection Project
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as part of the Meadowlands 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 Meadowlands RBD throughout the life of the project.
NJDEP’s consultant, AECOM, and their sub-consultants, are entering the investigative phase of this project. Therefore, you may see their field staff in the area collecting data for various studies. Each field crew will have a copy of the letter (see below) from the NJDEP explaining why they are collecting the data in the event any residents or business owners are looking for an explanation as to what the field crews are doing.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as part of the Meadowlands Rebuild By Design (RBD) project has sent Consultation letters to the affected Native American Tribes and the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office in order to be in compliance with Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966. This legislation requires that any federally funded project must consider its effects on historic properties, structures or objects.