The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection held a hearing to receive public input on the agency’s Action Plan Amendment update to HUD, which amends current plans for the use of $150 million in HUD funding for flood-risk reduction and stormwater management in Carlstadt, Little Ferry, Moonachie, South Hackensack, and Teterboro.

The project team is developing three alternative concepts for public review. One focuses on flooding from the Hackensack River, another on rain-induced inland flooding. The third alternative incorporates elements of both.

Several residents came forward during the amendment hearing to describe their own flooding experiences during the most recent storm. Some argued that restoring the drainage ditches built adjacent to the Hackensack River a century ago and keeping the ditches’ legacy infrastructure in good working order are better objectives than building infrastructure to resist storm surges from the river.