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Rebuild By Design – Hudson River

The Rebuild By Design – Hudson River project is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition to establish ideas to improve physical, ecological, economic and social resilience in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The project takes a multifaceted approach to address flooding from major storm surges and high tides as well as heavy rainfall events in the municipalities of Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City.

The project’s multifaceted approach to resilience consists of four integrated components:

  1. Resist:  a combination of  hard infrastructure (such as bulkheads, floodwalls and seawalls) and soft landscaping features (such as berms and/or levees which could be used as parks) that act as barriers along the coast during exceptionally high tide and/or storm surge events.
  2. Delay: policy recommendations, guidelines and urban green infrastructure to slow stormwater runoff.
  3. Store: green and grey infrastructure improvements, such as bioretention basins, swales, and green roofs, that slow down and capture stormwater, and which will complement the efforts of the City of Hoboken’s existing Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan.
  4. Discharge: enhancements to Hoboken’s existing stormwater management system, including the identification and upgrading of existing stormwater/sewer lines, outfalls and pumping stations.

More information can be found at Rebuild By Design – Hudson River on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.