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  • Thursday, December 26, 2019 2:13 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    Woodbridge - Residents Fleeing a "Slow-Motion Disaster"  

    By Wayne Parry and Ted Shaffrey - Associated Press   

    A flood-plain forest grows now where there used to be houses in the Watson Crampton neighborhood in Woodbridge, N.J., as seen from the air on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The Heards Brook on the top meets the Woodbridge River on the left, which leads to the Atlantic Ocean. Homeowners here took buyouts through a program that purchases houses and demolishes them to remove people from danger and to help absorb water from rising sea levels due to climate change. 

    A demolition crew takes down a house in Woodbridge, N.J., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The homeowner took a buyout through a program that purchases houses, demolishes them and returns the land to wild grass and trees to help absorb the water from rising sea levels due to climate change. 

    A worker sprays water to stop the spread of dust as a demolition crew takes down a house in Woodbridge, N.J., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The homeowner took a buyout through a program that purchases houses, demolishes them and returns the land to wild grass and trees to help absorb the water from rising sea levels due to climate change. 

    Biologist Brooke Maslo of Rutgers University stands in the flood plain forest she designed in the Watson Crampton neighborhood in Woodbridge, N.J., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Plastic tubes that protect and nurture growing trees and wild grass stand where houses once stood.

    A demolition crew takes down a house in Woodbridge, N.J., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The homeowner took a buyout through a program that purchases houses, demolishes them and returns the land to wild grass and trees to help absorb the water from rising sea levels due to climate change. 

    A flood-plain forest now grows where there used to be houses in the Watson Crampton neighborhood in Woodbridge, N.J., on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. The Woodbridge River leads to the Atlantic Ocean. One hundred and forty five homes have been demolished and returned to nature in Woodbridge since 2013. 

    Housing is in high demand in the heavily populated northeastern United States. But in Woodbridge, New Jersey, the state has bought and torn down 145 homes since 2013 and returned the land to nature, with eight homes demolished this month alone. Dozens more are slated to be torn down in the near future.

    Some neighborhoods in this town of over 100,000 residents just off the bustling New Jersey Turnpike are projected to be partly or fully underwater in coming decades as global sea levels rise.

    Earlier this month, Patricia Kambach, 80, went inside rather than watch a crew demolish her longtime neighbor's home. Kambach has lived in her house on Lewis Street since John F. Kennedy was president.

    "I lived here 56 years and it's hard," said Kambach, as she watched an enormous excavator machine used to tear down houses.

    “A lot of people are taking the buyout because they are getting good price for their house and we do have problems with the water,” she said. Soon she will move out, and her home will be demolished.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:44 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)


    Hundreds of NJ communities can now be impacted by hurricanes, a report says – and many of them are not at the Jersey Shore. Find out where.

    By Tom Davis, Patch Staff
    Nov 19, 2019 11:01 am ET | Updated Nov 19, 2019 12:39 pm ET
    Hundreds of NJ communities can now be impacted by hurricanes, a report says – and many of them are not at the Jersey Shore. Find out where.Hundreds of NJ communities can now be impacted by hurricanes, a report says – and many of them are not at the Jersey Shore. Find out where. (YouTube photo/Point Pleasant Dive Team)

    NEW JERSEY — A new report released this past week shows climate change is moving at such a rapid pace that the risk of sea-level rise, flooding and hurricane impacts has skyrocketed for hundreds of communities in New Jersey (see maps below).

    The research performed by Rutgers University and other collaborators says the tidal flooding risk in New Jersey has more than doubled in 40 years. The nearly six inches of sea-level rise since 1980 has increased the number of current New Jersey homes at risk of frequent flooding by about 110 percent, according to the report.

    The risk of hurricane impact is also greatly expanding: The frequency and extent of storm surges have increased since the 1980s, meaning thousands more of today's homes and other structures are now at risk of flooding at least once during a 30-year mortgage, the report says.

    "We estimate between 62,000 and 86,000 more homes and commercial properties, worth a combined value of more than $60 billion, now sit in areas with a 1-in-30 chance of hurricane flooding," according to the report from Rhodium Group's Energy & Climate team, as well as other collaborators at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Rutgers.

    And the hurricane risk extends beyond the coasts. While New Jersey's coastal communities face the bulk of hurricane-driven flood risk, the potential for wind damage from these storms extends inland, the report says.Subscribe

    Four decades ago, the odds that an average New Jersey home outside the state's coastal counties would experience hurricane-force winds in a given year was less than 1-in-200. That has grown to between 1-in-30 and 1-in-100, the report says.

    "Exposure to flooding driven by hurricanes and nor'easters is increasing, and this report highlights that wind damage from hurricanes is growing, too. But by integrating climate change and sea-level rise into regional planning, we can reduce the human and economic costs of these changes. And reducing global greenhouse gas emissions can significantly decrease the magnitude of the problem we have to deal with, particularly beyond 2050," Rutgers University–New Brunswick Professor Robert E. Kopp said.

    This map shows the increased flooding risk:

    This map shows the increased hurricane risk:

    There are 27,000 more buildings worth a combined $15 billion that are now likely to flood at least once a year, according to the report.

    There are 23,000 more homes and other buildings worth a combined $13 billion at risk of frequent flooding in 2019 than if sea levels had remained at 1980s levels, according to the report.

    Related: Report Shows How At Least 19 NJ Towns 'Soon' Could Be Under Water

    Here's what "New Jersey's Rising Coastal Risk" also says:

    • Rising coastal risk carries significant economic costs: "We estimate that the expected average annual loss to New Jersey from hurricane-related wind and flood damage today is likely $670 million to $1.3 billion higher than it would have been if sea levels and hurricane activity in the 1980s remained constant."
    • New Jersey's exposure is projected to grow: It is likely that, by mid-century, an additional 33,000 to 58,000 buildings in the state will flood frequently. An additional 73,000 to 113,000 buildings worth a combined $60 to $96 billion will likely be in the 1-in-30-year floodplain by 2050. Average annual hurricane wind and flood damage in the state will likely grow by $1.3 to $3.1 billion.
    • Resilience investments can reduce current and future risk: "These projections are not foregone conclusions. Future reductions in global emissions would substantially reduce these hazards in the second half of the century, but that alone will not be enough. Vulnerable communities can better prepare for floods and storm damage by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation. Zoning can guide development away from at-risk areas. Existing structures can be protected through retrofitting."

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:38 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)


    By Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for

    New Jersey is projected to experience “dramatic” sea level rise through the rest of this century, bringing worsening storm surges and more regular flooding to the Garden State, according to a new report released by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday.

    That means that sea levels in the Garden State are expected to be up to 6.3 feet higher by 2100 than they were in 2000, up to 1.1 feet higher by 2030 and up to 2.1 feet higher by 2050.

    “New Jersey is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and we must work together to be more resilient against a rising sea and future storms,” said Governor Phil Murphy.

    The DEP said that the new report, titled “New Jersey’s Rising Seas and Changing Coastal Storms,” gives important baselines that will guide state efforts to adapt and become more resilient as climate change drives sea levels higher.

    The report was released during the first meeting of the state’s newly formed Interagency Council on Climate Resilience — a group made up of 17 state agencies and chaired by the Governor’s office that was formed by an executive order from Murphy.

    “New Jersey has much to lose if we do not act quickly and decisively to adapt to the realities of climate change,” DEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe said. “This study illustrates the sobering reality that our coastal landscape will change drastically, and we must act with urgency to ensure the long-term viability of our coastal and waterfront communities.

    The report is an update on information published by Rutgers University in 2016. Bob Kopp, the director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and the lead author of the new report, said that the new work updates high-end sea level rise projections based on recently published research. The panel that created the new report also added “moderate” emissions scenario to better help local officials plan for the future.

    “We were happy to update our previous report, because it’s important that DEP begin from an up-to-date snapshot of the science as they move forward with efforts to advance coastal resilience in New Jersey,” Kopp said.

    There is a high degree of confidence in the projection between now and 2050, because the models change little regardless of how much greenhouse gas is emitted into the atmosphere in that span.

    In the latter half of the century, however, the amount of global emissions does cause the projections to vary. The projection of up to 6.3 feet of sea level rise by 2100 is based on a high-emissions model.

    Under a moderate emissions scenario, which the DEP says is likely if current objectives around the world are met, New Jersey seas are expected to rise up to 5.1 feet by 2100.

    If the targets set by the 2015 Paris agreement are met, which would be a low emissions scenario, the DEP expects Jersey waters to rise up to 3.9 feet by the end of the century.

    The new report also touched on how climate change is expected to change future tropical storms and nor’easters that impact New Jersey.

    The frequency of those storms is not expected to change, according to the report, but it is likely that more damaging winds and heavier precipitation can be expected from future natural disasters. It is also possible that as global warming intensifies, tropical storms will be more likely to come farther up the Atlantic Coast.

    Sea level rise give storms the potential to create more destructive storm surges and flooding, because the baseline level of water is already higher.

    A recent report from the federal government found that dozens of of toxic sites around New Jersey are already at risk of being damaged by flooding, which could cause the pollution to be spread into surrounding areas. Sea level rise and stronger storms make this threat worse.

    Effects so far

    New Jersey is already feeling the effects of sea level rise. According to the report, seas rose along the Jersey Shore 1.5 feet between 1911 and 2019.

    The Garden State has experienced sea level rise at a rate more than two times the global average, according to the report. That’s largely because South Jersey is slowly sinking as water levels go up.

    The new report also found that regular tidal flooding — also called sunny-day flooding or nuisance flooding — has become more frequent in places like Atlantic City. Between 2007 and 2016, the city experienced an average of eight high-tide flooding events annually; that’s up from an average of less than one per year in the 1950s.

    It’s a threat that will continue to grow. The report projects that Atlantic City will experience up to 75 days of expected high-tide flooding per year in 2030, and up to 255 days per year in 2050.

    Climate change has already brought more destructive storms to New Jersey. A recent report found that hurricane-related winds and floods have caused up to $1.3 billion more in destruction in the state today than they would have if the climate of the 1980s had remained constant.

    Some highways along the Jersey Shore are already having to be raised to deal with regular flooding. As sea levels rise, more existing roadways will be put at risk.

    Higher seas are also making tidal waterways saltier, killing off stands of Atlantic White Cedar forests in South Jersey and leaving “ghost forests” in their place.

    Michael Sol Warren may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MSolDub. Find on Facebook.

  • Friday, October 04, 2019 10:54 AM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering its Flood Hazard Certificate Series in Spring 2020 at Bordentown, NJ.  Series will include:

    March 5, 2020 - The Overview

    March 12, 2020 - Technical Standards Part I

    April 2, 2020 - Technical Standards Part II

    These courses are approved for Continuing Education Units for:

    • Certified Floodplain Managers
    • NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals
    • NJ Water/Wastewater Operators
    • NJ Professional Engineers

    Register Online:

  • Thursday, October 03, 2019 12:09 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    FEMA and NJDEP announce opportunities for training on Elevation Certificates and Floodplain Management. 

    The Elevation Certificates Workshop will include Purpose and Uses of an Elevation Certificate, How to complete the EC, section by section, Proper selection of Building Diagrams, Common EC errors, Tools for Determining Base Flood Elevation, FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center and Letters of Map Amendment.

    The Floodplain Management Workshop will include Basics of the National Flood Insurance Program, Floodplain Mapping, Insurance, and Regulations. Duties of the Floodplain Administrator, Permitting and Inspecting Floodplain Development,d Compliance and Enforcement, Introduction to the Community Rating System, Tools for Determining Base Flood Elevation in A Zones, NJ Floodplain Management Regulations and Resources (presented by NJDEP), and Community’s role in Letters of Map Change. 

    Please go here for further information on locations and date. 

  • Friday, September 06, 2019 4:28 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    TOWNSHIP ENGINEER – The Township of Cranford,’s “Number One Downtown” and NJ APA’s “Great Downtown”, is accepting applications for the full-time position of  Township Engineer to oversee and manage the Township Engineering Department. The candidate will be a  NJ Certified Licensed Professional Engineer able to plan, organize, manage and direct Engineering activities and functions. 5 years of Civil Engineering experience related to public infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, water lines sanitary and storm sewers. Flood Plain management and NFIP CRS program experience preferred.  Experience and/or training in administering projects, personnel, budgets, capital improvements program, and Planning and Zoning Board reviews. Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing the municipal infrastructure. Knowledge of bidding laws, procedures and specifications. Proficiency in software including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), AutoCAD Civil 3D, Spatial Data Logic, and GIS/GPS software required.  Excellent oral and written communications skills are a must. This position reports to the Township Administrator and exercises considerable independence of judgment in meeting assigned objectives and delivering services. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are essential. As is the ability to collaborate with and manage multiple consultants, stakeholders, and partners. Candidate must be customer service oriented and possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, board/committee members, officials and the general public. The position requires attendance at evening meetings. Salary shall be commensurate with experience and qualifications. C.M.E., P.L.S., C.F.M. and C.P.W.M. notable. Please email a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Township Administrator Jamie Cryan at Position open until filled. Cranford is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Wednesday, September 04, 2019 4:13 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation Cadre Job Announcement The Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation Cadre (EHP), located within the Federal Insurance Mitigation Agency (FIMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is soliciting applications to expand the OEHP Cadre. Positions:

    • Floodplain Specialist (Field CORE)

    The major duties of these positions are detailed in this attachment; application steps are noted below. Please direct questions to EHPCADRE@FEMA.DHS.GOV

    Application Period • Tuesday, AUGUST 20, 2019 to Until Filled

    Pay Scale: • Floodplain Specialist: GS-11

    Location: • Floodplain Specialist: Multiple Locations • No Relocation Expenses Reimbursed

    For further information go to here.

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:04 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    NJ-AWRA Future Risk Symposium:

     Future Flooding in Riverine Systems

    Date: Friday, November 16th,  1:00pm - 3:30pm
    Registration (free for members, $15 non-members)

    As the frequency and intensity of storm events change, how should watershed managers, engineers, and planners make informed decisions for the future? This event will present on relevant climate trends, modeling, and planning that can be used in NJ to prepare for future flood events in NJ's riverine systems. 

    This seminar is approved for 2 CFM CEC's and 2 NJ PE self-reporting credits

    For further information please click here.

  • Wednesday, September 05, 2018 2:54 PM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    For the latest information from the Rahway River Watershed Association please go here.

  • Monday, August 27, 2018 11:01 AM | Gregory Westfall (Administrator)

    The Township of Pequannock, a municipal corporation in the County of Morris and the State of New Jersey, having its offices at 530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444, through a fair and open process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 et seq., is soliciting proposals from firms interested in providing professional services related to Professional Services – 2018 FEMA FMA Home Elevation Grant Application. Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  For further information go here.

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