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April 19, 2016 – Lower Raritan Watershed Mapping Presentation: Transportation & Mobility Assets
April 19, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
In 2016 the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, with input from the Middlesex County Department of Planning, is spearheading development of a Natural Assets Map for the Lower Raritan Watershed (Watershed Management Area 9).
On April 19 we will hear presentations by Devin Gargan of AECOM and Nick Tufaro from Middlesex County Department of Planning
Devin Gargan, Transportation Planner at AECOM will join us to talk about environmental planning related to infrastructure investments. AECOM is working with Parsons Brinkerhoff to coordinate the Northeast Corridor Future (NEC FUTURE) rail investment plan planning process for the Washington DC-Boston region. Devin serves as AECOM’s Alternatives Development, GIS/Mapping, and Data Management specialist on the NEC FUTURE project. Two of the NEC FUTURE alternatives scenarios suggest the addition of a rail tunnel under the Raritan River between New Brunswick and Highland Park, in addition to several other significant infrastructure upgrades throughout the County/Watershed.
Nick Tufaro will be filling in for Vivian Baker. Nick will present on NJTransit’s Middlesex Greenway and additional projects in Woodbridge/Rahway and Perth Amboy.
The meeting will be held in the Middlesex County Planning Offices at 78 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ – 5th floor mid-size conference room.
Parking is validated for those parking on floors 5 and higher in the RWJ Wellness Parking Deck located at 95 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Be sure to bring your ticket to the meeting for validation.
For more information contact Heather: hfenyk AT lowerraritanwatershed DOT org
About the LRWP Natural Assets Mapping Project
We have three key objectives in developing a Natural Asset Map:
1) To evaluate, prioritize and map natural and cultural assets in the Lower Raritan Watershed;
2) To provide an informed basis for Green Infrastructure (GI) Initiatives to be included in pending updates of regional/County Comprehensive Master Plans; and
3) To promote inclusion of a mitigation plan component with GI implementation strategies into recertification of Municipal Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) permits and stormwater management plans for municipal master plans.
To advance these goals, the LRWP will host a speaker series in 2016: “Developing a Natural Assets Map for the Lower Raritan Watershed.” The year’s activities will be roughly divided into two phases. The first half of the year will include a series of presentations that will help us develop priorities for assets mapping and lead us to development of a Natural Assets Map for the Lower Raritan Watershed. The second half of the year and running into 2017 will focus on how to use the LRW’s Natural Asset Map to prioritize GI initiatives at the municipal, county and watershed level. We are using Karen Firehock’s “Evaluating and Conserving Green Infrastructure Across the Landscape: A Practitioner’s Guide” to structure the mapping effort and orient our work.