Sea Change

Hudson Reporter:As coastal cities like Jersey City and Hoboken face an imminent threat of flooding due to climate change, environmental activists from around Hudson County, the state, and region, joined officials at a town hall meeting on April 17 to talk about strategies for dealing with it.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla joined Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop in announcing green initiatives for their cities.

Fulop praised Hoboken’s “Rebuild by Design” program that will create a barrier against future flooding and the tidal surges that occurred during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The project also would help protect portions of Jersey City.

Historic storms have been pelting the coast of New Jersey for more than a century as attested to by a super storm that hit here in 1956 and a storm that flooded Hoboken and the PATH system in 1992.

Bhalla said that 80 percent of Hoboken was flooded as a result of Sandy, and that the project is funded by sources other than local taxpayers. Read more>>