“Our infrastructure isn’t enough to handle the weather at this speed,” she added.
New Jersey is expected to begin demanding that builders take into account climate change, such as sea level rise and emission levels, in order to obtain government approval for the project. A new rule that expires by January allows the state to reject or change its construction plans based on expected climate changes.
New Jersey has also begun encouraging residents, planners and political leaders to use how-to toolkits to increase the flood resilience of their communities. The proposed strategy involves changing local government ordinances to require structures to be built above basic flood elevations and better using the natural environment to manage stormwaters. ..
A 2015 report from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, which analyzed 54 towns in the Raritan River basin, shows how South Plainfield responds appropriately to stormwater spills, including permeable pavement and the addition of bioretention systems such as: Specific recommendations were given for. Rain garden. (Neither the mayor of the autonomous region nor the chairman of the council returned a phone call or email for comment.)
Last year, New Jersey released its first scientific report on climate change, concluding that the state’s average temperature has risen 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895, surpassing other parts of the northeast. Over the last decade, New Jersey’s average precipitation has increased by 7.9%, according to the report.
Despite this cool background, the extent of this month’s devastation was alarming.
“Aida was a benchmark storm for us, just as Sundi was a benchmark coastal storm,” said David Rosenblatt, Head of State’s Chief Climate and Flood Resilience. ..
After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which killed 40 people in New Jersey, the state began buying back coastal and flood-prone land from homeowners as part of its Blue Acre program, with developers entering the land permanently. I banned it.
As of July, the state had offered 1,115 families in 20 towns the option to sell. 830 owners have accepted the acquisition and 705 homes have already been demolished, according to a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency.