The LRWP is part of a team working with NJDEP funding and technical assistance to develop a comprehensive coastal resilience plan for our Lower Raritan Watershed communities. Other team members include Middlesex County Office of Planning, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South River and Woodbridge. We seek to ensure that our central New Jersey landscape is better able to handle the impacts of climate change, sea level rise and future storms. Our work involves community engagement, data gathering, planning, restoration and much more.

Thank you to Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Policy Spring Studio 2020 who helped the LRWP prepare for resilience plan development and engaged in community outreach in South River. A summary of studio efforts, including links to their final report and other resources, are included in this blog post by Maggie Mysliwiec.

“Preparing for climate change is imperative and should be at the forefront of our coastal communities across the nation but we will not protect our coast lines with only sea walls and tide gates. This alternative is shortsighted, will have dire environmental consequences, and may result in increased damages from failure.

Coastal resilience must be looked at holistically and regionally. We must include engineering, nature-based, economic, and social solutions to successfully mitigate long term-impacts. Coastal states and communities must focus on developing the capacity for regional coastal resilience management plans that integrate businesses, communities, non-profits, academic institutions, and government (at all levels). Without proper stakeholder engagement, coordination, and participation our proposals will continue to fall short of what is needed to prepare for sea level rise.”

-LRWP Board Member, Johnny Quispe