After Superstorm Sandy, it has become apparent that storm and flood events cannot be treated as isolated incidents, and studies have predicted increased rainfall and major storm incidents in the next decade. These changes will cause a dramatic rise in the number and severity of flooding events, which reduces the quality of life, causes costly property damage, and deters economic growth. Municipalities must assess their vulnerabilities and engage in planning and development of storm resilient infrastructure. This is of vital importance to the sustainability and future growth of New Jersey’s cities. Responsible planning can attract and promote current development, can position a city for federal and state grants, and can safeguard against future flooding incidents. This resolution will provide the foundation for implementing both land use ordinances and redevelopment plans that will safeguard our cities against future natural disasters.
How to propose a comprehensive storm protection plan in your city:
Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.
Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!
Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.
Here is a version of the Model Resolution for municipalities that do not have combined sewer systems: Model Resolution Non-CSS
Check out the Center for American Progress report, Rising Waters, Rising Threat on how climate change endangers aging wastewater infrastructure.
Also take a look at the news article about the report’s findings.