Hudson River Project: Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge


Hoboken, New Jersey is the fourth densest city in the U.S.

Once a blue collar industrial and manufacturing city, it is becoming a bedroom community of New York City’s central business districts. Since large parts of Hoboken were once marshland and a filled-in island, the city is susceptible to flash floods and storm surges, even from minor storms. Hurricane Sandy flooded much of the city, disrupting the primary transit hub for over 50,000 people.

Project Details: Location: Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, NJ Award: $230 Million Implemented By: State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs; to be administered by the Department of Environmental Protection

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This project is a multifaceted approach to managing water from flooding and storm surge along the Hudson River.

It explores using hard infrastructure and soft landscape—including permeable paving, rain gardens, and rainwater storage—for coastal defense. The project’s comprehensive approach has four integrated components:

  1. Resist: a combination of hard infrastructure (such as bulkheads, floodwalls and seawalls) and soft landscaping features (such as berms and/or levees which could be used as parks) that will act as barriers along the coast during exceptionally high tides and/or storm surge events. These measures are focused at the two main breach points of water during Hurricane Sandy.

  2. Delay: urban green infrastructure designed to focus on slowing stormwater runoff throughout the region using a combination of public and private amenities.

  3. Store: green and grey infrastructure improvements, such as bio-retention basins, swales, and green roofs, intended to slow down and capture stormwater, and complement the City of Hoboken’s existing Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan.

  4. Discharge: enhancements to Hoboken’s existing stormwater management system to reduce combined sewage overflow and manage flooding.

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Progress on Implementation

$230 million in federal funding provides for the “Resist” component.

The new infrastructure will integrate with other resilience measures such as Hoboken’s Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan and New Jersey Transit’s Long Slip Flood Protection project. A cumulative impacts analysis will consider how the project will affect other nearby projects, while the city explores ways to fund the construction of some of the Delay, Store, and Discharge strategies.

Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan

New Jersey Transit’s Long Slip Flood Protection

View the project website.

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