National Disaster Resiliency (NDR)
Regional Stormwater Infrastructure Toolkit
New Jersey has received NDR funding from HUD for resilient housing and infrastructure projects in the wake of major disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy. Administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), these funds are being utilized to develop a regional stormwater infrastructure toolkit, which will be piloted in 5 municipalities within the Meadowlands region of Bergen County: Carlstadt, Moonachie, South Hackensack, Teterboro, and Little Ferry.
Stormwater challenges are regional in nature and require regional solutions.
NJDEP, in collaboration with local jurisdictions, will develop a toolkit of best practices for managing regional stormwater infrastructure. The first two modules of the toolkit will focus on operations and maintenance (O&M) and jobs training tools.
The Meadowlands region is prone to chronic flooding from tidal storm surges and rainfall events. The area is vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise and faces significant unmet stormwater control and drainage needs.
The concurrent Meadowlands Rebuild By Design project will result in construction of new stormwater infrastructure in the project area which will require regional changes to operations and maintenance.
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Long-term goals for the project are to:
- Provide long-term, sustainable flood resiliency O&M techniques and strategies to preserve and protect Meadowlands communities and beyond
- Increase the number of regional or community-wide flood risk reduction plans and projects undertaken in inland communities across New Jersey
- Foster regional applicability – the toolkit will ultimately be replicable for other New Jersey counties and regions, as well as nationwide
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