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A day of learning and sharing facts challenges and opportunities on water quality in the Raritan River Basin for the benefit of our communities, our businesses and our environment. Then sail on New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, take a tour of historic Perth Amboy, or bike from New Brunswick to Perth Amboy on the Middlesex Greenway.
The Conference brings together municipal officials, business leaders, county administrators, non-profit organization leaders, state and federal government officials, environmental commissions, and others from across the watershed.
CEUs available for: planners, engineers, floodplain managers, public works directors and landscape architects.
Please click below for more details and to register:
5th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference
PlanSmart NJ hosted a daylong Summit on Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency on April 30th, a day after the State of New Jersey and the federal government announced the adoption of the Hurricane Sandy NJ CDBG Action Plan governing $1.8 billion in federal disaster recovery spending. Over 200 land use planners, engineers, attorneys, local officials, academic and non-profit leaders attended PlanSmart NJ's 2nd Annual Regional Planning Summit: Investing for the New Normal at the War Memorial in Trenton. The day-long event featured panel discussions on community rebuilding and infrastructure investment.
NJAFM was represented by Legislative Committee Chair John Miller, who acted as moderator for the afternoon breakout session.
For the full press release, please click on the link below:
PlanSmart NJ Summit on Hurricane Sandy Resiliency
On April 23, 2013 NJAFM filed an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in relation to the Harvey Cedars v. Karan court case, in which a couple owning an oceanfront property denied an easement for an engineered dune. After Harvey Cedars obtained the easement through Eminent Domain, the couple sued the town for $500,000 to cover loss of use and ocean views, and were awarded $375,000 by the jury. The case was appealed to the appellate court, which upheld the original decision, so the next appeal will by heard by the NJ Supreme Court. The NJAFM position is that we disagree that the property owners received no special benefit rather than just the community’s general benefit from the dune. If the appeal fails a precedent would be set whereby all similarly affected property owners would expect comparable compensation, thereby jeopardizing the viability of future dune projects (and other flood/storm damage reduction projects).
Copies of the key documents can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
Pam Yost, NRCS Economist from West Virginia will present the results of a successful voluntary buyout project in which 100 buildings have been purchased and removed to restore the natural floodplain.
For more details including how to register for the webinar, please click on the link below:
May 15, 2013
Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
The Gulf coast has been on the front lines for years thinking about preparedness, rebuilding, and recovery. Their lessons learned can be invaluable to lawmakers in New Jersey facing the same challenges. This workshop will be an opportunity to share lessons learned and have a dialogue with people who have lived through htese challenges and work with communities to be resilient for the future.
Please click on the links below for the agenda and registration details:
New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (based at Rutgers) will be holding a conference on May 22, 2013:
Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Leading Practices & Policy Priorities.
More information and registration information is available here:
The purpose of this conference is to highlight climate preparedness and resilience activities underway in New Jersey,as well as leading practices throughout the United States, in order to enhance climate change adaptation capacity in New Jersey.
Taking action to give New Jersey families, businesses and local governments the best available guidance to quickly and more durably rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, Governor Chris Christie today signed emergency regulations to adopt the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) updated Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFEs) maps as the rebuilding standard for the entire state.
These regulations establish requirements and more efficient procedures for residents and businesses to construct, reconstruct, relocate and elevate buildings and other structures in flood hazard areas.
For the full text of the release, please click on the link below:
New Jersey Association For Floodplain Management
P.O. Box 1326 Trenton, New Jersey 08607
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