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Resilience

More than 1 million people in our region are vulnerable to flooding TODAY. The climate crisis is only accelerating this number.

Did you know?

  • $20 billion

    the debt of our National Flood Insurance Program

  • $27 billion

    estimated unmet need for flood resilience in New Jersey and New York

  • 6 to 1

    the return on proactive flood risk reduction investments

  • 1 in 10

    the likelihood a public housing unit is located in the floodplain

  • 106

    the number of square miles of wetlands at risk of loss by 2100 due to rising sea level

The Issue

We’re locked into sea level rise and more extreme storms.

By 2100, our region faces as much as six feet of sea level rise. While we can lessen the impact by reducing greenhouse gases, many areas face permanent inundation: Coney Island, the Hackensack Meadowlands, Newark, Jersey City, Linden, Red Hook, Sandy Hook, South Street Seaport, and others. And we’re already paying the costs of more extreme storms—in power outages, train and road closures, flood damage and repairs, rising insurance premiums, and limits where and how we can live. Eight years after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, progress has been made, but we are still vulnerable, and there is no clear path forward. Let’s do something about it.

Our Solution

Launch a campaign for regional resilience.

We have launched a campaign for urgent and bold action for stronger, greener, healthier, equitable waterfront communities. Addressing our climate crisis starts today, and it starts with you. Sign up to receive updates and news on our campaign: Rise to Resilience. Launching Summer 2020.

Create a Resilience Task Force.

During 2019, more than 400 leaders and experts from New Jersey and New York—spanning grassroots organizers to government officials—gathered to build consensus on the resources and policies needed for adaptation and to inform a broad public campaign for regional resilience. Through input at multiple meetings throughout the year, digging into issues like equity, funding, governance, and public communications, the recommendations of the task force culminated in the 2020 Rise to Resilience campaign.

The task force is chaired by Peter Kasabach, executive director, New Jersey Future; Peggy Shepard, executive director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Waterfront Alliance board of trustee; and Peter Madonia, former COO of The Rockefeller Foundation and Waterfront Alliance board of trustee.

 
  • 3 NJ Mayors: We must invest and adapt before the floods, the storms and sea rise

    Read what Ras Baraka, Ravinder Bhalla and J. Christian Bollwage have to say on managing our risk before disaster occurs

  • Reforming FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program

    See what we have to say about critical components needed for a more forward-looking federal approach to proactively managing coastal risks in the face of the climate crisis

  • Design Better Waterfronts with WEDG®

    A technical toolkit and service offered to designers, developers, engineers, and other professionals.

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