Scientists predict that climate change will continue the trends of increased precipitation and sea level rise in New Jersey, which will come alongside other climate concerns such as heat and poor air quality.
Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and Bayonne, as well as Hudson County and community-based organizations Ironbound Community Corp. and HOPES CAP, Inc. have partnered together in Resilient Northeastern NJ to further understand these impacts.
The program is working with these communities to outline actions at the local, regional, and state levels to prepare for changing conditions, and to address challenges like flooding and heat waves that are already felt today.
On June 8th, Resilient Northeastern NJ is hosting a virtual community meeting to gather feedback for the resilience action plan, which will be released as a report this summer.
The action plan will include a range of near-term and long-term solutions that can help build physical resilience by improving drainage systems or keeping homes out of harm’s way or through outreach and programs that involve residents in the process.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 8th, 4 – 5:30 PM or 6:30 – 8 PM.
Community members can also watch on Facebook live:https://www.facebook.com/ResilientNENJ
If you live, work, or play in Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Bayonne, and other nearby communities, you are encouraged to attend and get involved. The meeting will be available in English and Spanish, with American Sign Language interpretation.
Resilient Northeastern NJ is a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection, Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Bayonne, Hudson County, Ironbound Community Corporation, HOPES CAP, and Arcadis.
The partnership aims to provide a clear roadmap for ensuring long-term social, environmental, and economic vitality by reducing flood risk. Resilient Northeastern New Jersey is a collaborative effort between partners and the people who live, work, and play in the region designed to ensure equitable and impactful outcomes. Additional information about the partnership and project can be found at www.resilient.nj.gov/nenj
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