Rutgers University School of Engineering, along with five New Jersey colleges and universities, will be collaborating with the state to evaluate flood mitigation strategies. The studies will focus on areas of the state heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy that may be vulnerable to future flooding.
“We look forward to working with the Department of Environmental Protection and the other universities involved in this effort to develop comprehensive strategies and meet the challenges our communities face,” said Qizhong (George) Guo, Ph.D., P.E., professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University. “We will draw on expertise of our professors, research staff and students to develop solutions designed to make New Jersey more resilient to flooding.
The contracts include $119,000 for Rutgers University experts to examine flood vulnerability along the Cumberland County bay shore and will help lay out how to rebuild infrastructure to withstand changing sea level due to climate change, according to the contract.
In Cumberland and Salem counties, Rutgers University's School of Engineering will evaluate flood-prone areas near the Delaware Bay and identify potential solutions to reduce flooding issues, according to the contract.
The university flood mitigation analyses are part of an overall effort by the Christie Administration through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding (GORR) to make the state’s infrastructure more resilient in the post-Sandy era. The State will incorporate the findings from these studies into its work with the Army Corps on its $20 million comprehensive study of the coastal North Atlantic Region.
“This is an important endeavor that will utilize some of the best science and engineering minds in New Jersey to analyze problems and offer potential long-term solutions,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in a news release. “We look forward to incorporating the schools into our recovery and rebuilding strategies, particularly as we rebound from Superstorm Sandy and look to build a stronger and more resilient New Jersey for the future.”
Other colleges and universities involved include Montclair State University, Monmouth University, Stockton College, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stevens University.