CITY MOVES FORWARD ON NEW PUMP TO ALLEVIATE FLOODING IN WESTERN HOBOKEN
State Issues Action Plan for $230 Million Rebuild by Design Comprehensive Flood Strategy
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to fund the construction of Hoboken’s second flood pump. The 40 million gallon per day H-5 wet weather pump station with emergency generator will alleviate flooding in western Hoboken, including the area around ShopRite.
“This flood pump is part of the ‘Discharge’ component of the comprehensive ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ strategy to make Hoboken more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank members of the community and all City Council members for their support for this project. While the City implements the Delay, Store and Discharge elements of the plan through pumps, rain gardens, green roofs, and new parks designed to absorb and hold stormwater, we look forward to working with the State to create coastal defense by implementing the ‘Resist’ strategy with the $230 million won through the Rebuild by Design competition.”
The pump, along with a pilot City Hall green infrastructure project featuring large cisterns and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, will be financed by an $11.9 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust which includes 19% principal forgiveness.
State Action Plan for 3rd Round of Federal Sandy Recovery Funds
Yesterday, the State of New Jersey announced its Action Plan for the third round of Sandy funding which includes $230 million for the first phase of a comprehensive flood protection plan for Hoboken, Weehawken, and northern Jersey City awarded as part of the Rebuild by Design competition. The Action Plan Amendment related to the Rebuild by Design plan can be viewed at: www.renewjerseystronger.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/APA-12-English-RBD-Amendment_FINAL.pdf.
According to the proposed Action Plan, feasibility studies will take 1 to 2 years, followed by approximately 2 years for the design phase, followed by construction. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive the $230 million in funding and manage the project.
Public comments will be accepted through January 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Comments can be submitted at two public hearings, via email firstname.lastname@example.org and via U.S. mail to Jamie Saults, Constituent Services Manager, Sandy Recovery Division, NJ Department of Community Affairs, 101 South Broad Street, Post Office Box 800, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0800. The City of Hoboken asks that written comments also be copied email@example.com so that the City can incorporate community input into its formal feedback on the action plan.
Two public hearings will be held during the comment period:
· January 6, 2015: Ocean County College, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Performing Arts, 1 College Drive, Building 12, Toms River, New Jersey, 08754 (4-7 pm)
· January 7, 2015: Bergen Community College, Moses Center, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey 07652 (4-7 pm)
Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan
The Hoboken City Council also voted 8-1 to adopt the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan. The Redevelopment Plan supports the ‘Resist’ strategy in addition to requiring the separation of the stormwater and sanitary sewer system, installation of pumps, and green roofs, rain gardens, and other flood mitigation strategies consistent with the comprehensive flood resiliency strategy.