Delaware • New Jersey • Pennsylvania
New York • United States of America
The Delaware River Basin Interstate Flood Mitigation Task Force issued a report in July 2007 identifying 45 recommendations for a proactive, sustainable and systematic approach to flood damage reduction. One of the six priority management areas identified by the Task Force was structural and non-structural mitigation measures. Two of the nine specific recommendations in this management area included: "Provide training for local officials to maximize use of available mitigation funding" and "Evaluate and Coordinate Flood Mitigation Plans and Strategies."
DRBC led the development of a flood mitigation plan for 43 New Jersey municipalities located in Hunterdon, Mercer, Sussex and Warren counties that elected to participate in the process. This plan, which was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in a letter dated November 7, 2009 contains over 160 locally developed mitigation actions that, if implemented, could reduce future flood loss.
The plan is unique in that while it will meet the flood mitigation plan requirements of each municipality, it also will employ a watershed management approach to ensure that final mitigation actions address both local jurisdictional needs and regional, multi-jurisdictional needs.
One of the purposes of the flood mitigation plan is to enable participating municipalities to get one step closer to becoming eligible to compete for FEMA funding aimed at flood mitigation.
The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and the state’s Office of Emergency Management partnered with the DRBC in this planning initiative, which began in 2006 thanks to a grant awarded by FEMA.