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Streams & Rivers - The Flood Hazard Area Control Act

Flood Fringe

The flood hazard area is comprised of a flood fringe and a floodway, except for tidal waters such as bays and inlets, which do not have a floodway. Therefore, the entire flood hazard area along these tidal waters is considered to be a flood fringe for the purposes of this chapter. "Flood fringe" means the portion of the flood hazard area that is outside the floodway

The methods for determining the limits of the flood fringe and floodway are described at N.J.A.C. 7:13-5.

The regulations governing construction within the flood fringe are available at N.J.A.C. 7:13-11.4

ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE

When planning construction within the flood fringe, there are other portions of the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules to consider including provisions concerning the floodway, near-stream vegetation, and flood storage displacement.  This list is not all inclusive.

It is also important to note that the project may also be located within the jurisdictional boundaries of other rules implemented by the Division.  Such rules that may need to be addressed include the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act rules (N.J.A.C. 7:7A), the Coastal Zone Management Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:7), the Highlands rules (N.J.A.C. 7:38), and the Stormwater Management rules (N.J.A.C. 7:8).

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