Problem DescriptionWithin the Sandy-affected region, New Jersey's communities of Jersey City, Hoboken, and Weehawken are susceptible to both flash flood and storm surge. As integrated urban environments, discreet one-house-at-a-time solutions do not make sense. What is required is a comprehensive approach that acknowledges the density and complexity of the context, galvanizes a diverse community of beneficiaries, and defends the entire city, its assets and citizens. The objectives of this manifold strategy are to manage water for both disaster and long-term growth; to mitigate the financial pressures of flood insurance through the redrawing of the FEMA flood maps; and the delivery of co-benefits that enhance the quality of the built environment.
Our comprehensive urban water strategy deploys programmed hard infrastructure and soft landscape for coastal defense (resist); policy recommendations, guidelines, and urban infrastructure to slow rainwater runoff (delay); a circuit of interconnected green infrastructure to store and direct excess rainwater (store); and water pumps and alternative routes to support drainage (discharge).
Since the Rebuild by Design competition’s completion, our comprehensive urban water strategy was awarded $230 million in CDBG-DR funding. With the project currently undergoing implementation in the city of Hoboken, the city has been named a Role Model City for Resiliency by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, one of only 45 cities worldwide to receive this distinction.
- Daniel Pittman, OMA
- Marten Hillen, Royal HaskoningDHV
- Mark Thomann, Balmori Associates (WHY)
- Elissa Hoagland, HR&A Advisors
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Making the case4||Business development and evaluation|
|A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users||Clarity about what warrants implementation and funding|