Climate Adaptation for Urban Stormwater Management in Hoboken

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The variety of tools that the City of Hoboken, New Jersey is using to reduce flood risk and adapt to a changing climate, including but not limited to: a comprehensive green infrastructure strategy through the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project; strategic open space acquisition and park development for stormwater detention; green streets projects for stormwater retention; and land use regulations for resilient site and building design.

  • The unique partnerships that Hoboken has developed to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and manage urban stormwater, such as: public-private partnerships for funding, constructing, and maintaining resilient development projects; and coordination with the regional sewerage authority’s long term control plan. 

  • Understand the layered challenges to flood risk reduction in CSO communities, and the need to plan for integrated infrastructure systems and land uses that can adapt to a changing climate.

  • How these tools could apply to other urban communities throughout the United States.

Hoboken is an urban coastal city directly west of midtown Manhattan, with approximately 50,000 residents in one square-mile. Characterized by low-lying areas adjacent to the Hudson River, greater than 80% of the City is located in the floodplain and faces vulnerabilities associated with coastal flooding, stormwater flooding, and aging utility infrastructure. With climate change, Hoboken expects heavier downpours will increase the frequency and severity of urban flooding. Routine, localized stormwater flooding results during rainfall events and the overburdened combined sewer infrastructure overflows to the Hudson River.

As one of the densest, and most transit rich cities in New Jersey, Hoboken has become an urban laboratory for climate adaptation strategies. By planning to reduce hazards and dedicating resources towards resilient infrastructure improvements, Hoboken can reduce damages, speed disaster recovery, and improve quality of life. This bicycle tour will demonstrate the various planning tools and public engagement techniques that Hoboken is employing to build adaptive capacity, such as:

- Codes, ordinances, standards, and Master Plan elements that require or incentivize resilient site and building desig

- Leveraging grants, loans, and redevelopment agreements to fund resilient capital improvement projects

- Partnerships with the County and regional sewerage authority on long-term planning for flood risk reduction


Fredric Pocci , North Hhudson Sewerage Authority , Hoboken , NJ
Greggory Woodruff , AICP , Langan Engrg & Envrmtl Srvs , Parsippany , NJ
Jennifer Gonzalez , AICP , City of Hoboken , Hoboken , NJ
Mayor Dawn Zimmer , City of Hoboken , Hoboken , NJ
Alexis Taylor , Cambridge , MA
Stephen Whitehouse , AICP , Starr Whitehouse PLLC , New York , NY (see bio)
Sony David , Langan Engineering , Parisppany , NJ
Caleb Stratton , AICP , Hoboken , NJ (see bio)
Ryan Sharp , AICP , Vauxhall , NJ
Brandy Forbes , AICP , , Jersey City , NJ (see bio)
Stephen Marks , AICP , , Kearny , NJ (see bio)
David Roberts , AICP , Township of Toms River , Toms River , NJ