5 latest Rebuild by Design concepts put on display in Weehawken

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Residents of Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken attended the Rebuild by Design Hudson River Environmental Impact Statement Concept Screening to evaluate, comment and ask questions about the five different concepts that the state has chosen.

$230 million in funding will be granted for flood preparedness to help protect Hoboken and surrounding cities that were significantly impacted during Hurricane Sandy.

There have been three drop-in sessions scheduled, which is an informal setting were residents can talk to the experts.

This is a continuation from the stakeholder meeting held in November and the public meeting held on December 10th in an effort to receive community input on the fifth draft of introduced concepts which all have four ideas in common: resist, delay, store and discharge.

“The first part is the feasibility stage where we are presenting five concepts to the public and we are going then try and window that down using screening criteria to three concepts that are going to advance for further study” Dennis Reinknecht, the Rebuild by Design Project Manager for the NJDEP, told Hudson County View.

In an effort to involve residents of all three cities, comments will be welcomed until December 31, 2015.

Tuesday’s event took place at St. Lawrence Church on Hackensack Ave. in Weehawken.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer acknowledged some angst from residents who attended Monday’s meeting, responding in part:

“I recognize that people in Hoboken had different experiences when Hurricane Sandy struck our City depending on which neighborhood they live in,” she said in a statement sent out yesterday.

“At last [Monday] night’s meeting, I heard from many residents who did not flood during Sandy who thought we should address flash flooding from heavy rains but not protect the City from coastal flooding due to storm surges. It is understandable that each person’s Sandy experience creates differences in perspective about the urgency of protecting our City from future storm surges.”

“As I reflect on the devastation of Sandy and the recent fear from a potentially even more devastating Hurricane Joaquin, I believe we need to prepare for a different future, and doing nothing to protect from storm surges is not an option.”

All comments are can be emailed to RBD-HudsonRiver@DEP.NJ.Gov.

In-depth information on all introduced concepts, including joining an email list for up-to-date developments, can be found on http://www.nj.gov/dep/floodhazard/rbd-hudsonriver.htm.