The Bureau of Climate Resilience Design and Engineering (BCRDE), within the Climate and Flood Resilience Program, provides design, engineering, and construction support to New Jersey’s communities to improve climate resilience.
Through these efforts, the Bureau contributes to achieving the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's first priority of reducing and responding to climate change and supporting Governor Phil Murphy’s message to create a stronger and fairer New Jersey.
The Bureau is responsible for two Rebuild By Design projects and the Stormwater Infrastructure Toolkit.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development launched the Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition in the summer of 2013 to develop ideas to improve physical, ecological, economic, and social resilience in regions affected by Superstorm Sandy. The competition sought to promote innovation by developing flexible solutions that would increase regional resilience. There were six winning concepts for the Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design competition, two of which were awarded to the State of New Jersey.
The Bureau of Climate Resilience Design and Engineering, under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Climate and Flood Resilience Program, is responsible for two RBD projects, one on the Hudson River and the other in the Meadowlands, using $380 million to protect municipalities from flooding.
On June 2nd 2014, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that a design concept for the Rebuild by Design Meadowlands area near Little Ferry, Teterboro, Moonachie, South Hackensack and Carlstadt was allocated $150 million towards the design and construction of a solution that will reduce flooding risks and enhance resiliency in this area. This project aims to improve stormwater drainage from heavy rain events in low and moderate income areas furthering the State’s environmental justice initiative. The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $230 million to the municipalities of Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City for the RBD Hudson River Project to protect from coastal storm surge events. Both projects are currently in design phases.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $15 million of the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDR) funding to New Jersey for resilient housing and infrastructure projects in the wake of major disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. The competition was a two-phase process that competitively awarded almost $1 billion to states and communities affected by major disasters between 2011 and 2013. Administered by the NJ DEP, these funds have been used to advance regional planning initiatives known as Resilient NJ through the Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning and to develop a Stormwater Infrastructure Toolkit (Toolkit) through the Bureau of Climate Resilience Design and Engineering. Both projects aim to design infrastructure that takes into account climate change which supports the Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT) initiative.
The Toolkit provides a set of best practices for stormwater infrastructure operations and maintenance, asset management and stormwater maintenance jobs training that will be piloted in the Meadowlands region of Bergen County. Ultimately, the Department of Environmental Protection hopes the toolkit will serve as a resource for other New Jersey counties, regions and for jurisdictions nationwide.