Rebuild By Design – Hudson River
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition in the summer of 2013 to develop ideas to improve physical, ecological, economic, and social resilience in regions affected by Superstorm Sandy. The competition sought to promote innovation by developing flexible solutions that would increase regional resilience. The proposed project was one of the competition’s six winning concepts; it was developed with the goal of reducing frequent flooding due to storm surge, high tide, and heavy rainfall. HUD awarded $230 million to the State of New Jersey for the Project in the municipalities of Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City.
The proposed project takes a multi-faceted approach intended to address flooding from both major storm surges and high tides as well as from heavy rainfall events. The Proposed Project will occur throughout the City of Hoboken, and will extend into Weehawken and Jersey City, with the following approximate boundaries: the Hudson River to the east; Baldwin Avenue (in Weehawken) to the north; the Palisades to the west; and 18th Street, Washington Boulevard and 14th Street (in Jersey City) to the south.
The project’s comprehensive approach to resilience consists of four integrated components:
- 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;
- Delay: policy recommendations, guidelines and urban green infrastructure to slow stormwater runoff;
- 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; and
- Discharge: enhancements to Hoboken’s existing stormwater management system, including the identification and upgrading of existing stormwater/sewer lines, outfalls and pumping stations.
Citizen Advisory Group Meeting Materials
- July 12, 2016 – Coastal Storm Surge Flood Model Presentation
- Slide Presentation (pdf)
- Video Animations of Alternatives Scenarios
- Alternative 1 compared with the No Action Alternative (NAA)
- Alternative 2 compared to the No Action Alternative (NAA)
- Alternative 3 compared to the No Action Alternative (NAA)
- Presentation Boards
- June 16, 2016 – Citizen Advisory Group / Community Workshop
- April 7, 2016 – Citizen Advisory Group / Community Workshop
For older documents, click here for the RBDH Archive
- April 14, 2016 – Community Workshop / Drop in Session
- February 18, 2016 – Community Meeting: Project Alternative Update
Documents for Public Comment
- None at this time
Questions concerning the Project may be addressed to the NJDEP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via U.S. Mail to Mr. Dennis Reinknecht, RBD Program Manager, Engineering and Construction, Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures, 501 East State Street, Mail Code 501-01A, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.
Cooperating Agency Letters
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) as part of the Hudson River Rebuild By Design (RBD) project has sent Cooperating Agency letters to several State and Federal agencies. These Cooperating Agency letters are sent to formalize the agreement between the NJDEP and the individual State or Federal agencies with regards to this project.
These letters were sent to comply with regulations implemented by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which mandate that the NJDEP prepare a NEPA analyses and documentation "in cooperation with Federal and State governments" and other agencies with jurisdiction by law or special expertise (42 USC §§ 4331(a) and 42 USC §§ 4332(2)).
All of the following letters were sent to agencies that the NJDEP has been and will continue to work with on the Hudson River RBD throughout the life of the project.
Additional information regarding the Rebuild by Design competition and the design concept are available below:
Past Meetings and Events