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State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program
State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Blue Acres Floodplain Acquisitions


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OVERVIEW

The Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2007 authorized $12 million for acquisition of lands in the floodways of the Delaware River, Passaic River or Raritan River, and their respective tributaries, for recreation and conservation purposes.  An additional $24 million was approved by the voters in the Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009.

Properties (including structures) that have been damaged by, or may be prone to incurring damage caused by, storms or storm-related flooding, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage, are eligible for acquisition.

All Blue Acres acquisitions must be from willing sellers.

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LANDOWNERS

If you are a landowner interested in offering your land for sale to the State under the Blue Acres program, please complete and submit the Blue Acres Offer Application (PDF) and submit it to:

State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program
Mail Code 501–01
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ  08625–0420

You may wish to review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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SURVEYORS

For information about conducting surveys for Blue Acres projects, please see our Blue Acres page on our Green Acres Survey Section site.

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APPRAISALS

Download the Blue Acres scope of work for appraisers valuing flood-prone properties for acquisitions using NJDEP and FEMA grant funds.
(For non–Blue Acres projects, see the Green Acres appraisal page.)

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DEMOLITION FOR MUNICIPALITIES SUBJECT TO MOU

Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding (also known as local management agreement) with each local government, demolition bids to are to be solicited by the towns and referred to NJDEP to award and contract with the demolition contractor. Once a contractor is selected, the State will require an individualized procurement contract with the State of New Jersey and a Certificate of Insurance for each dwelling. All payments for this contract will be paid by the State of New Jersey. After the work is completed and verified by the Township, a voucher is signed and submitted to the State of New Jersey for payment.

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GENERAL

If you have any questions regarding Blue Acres, please contact us at 609–984–0500.

For other Green Acres questions, please see the staff directory.

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