If you live or work in Carteret, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Sayreville, South River, or Woodbridge, you are the most important stakeholder.
You have most likely already been impacted by flooding in some way and the long-term effects of Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities will affect your community. Your input is vitally important to support development of an effective roadmap for flood reduction that will also improve daily quality of life.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
This project has the potential to impact thousands of people in underserved communities for generations to come. Therefore, incorporating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into project processes and outcomes is critical to the success of Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities. The program seeks input from all stakeholders, including those in underserved communities.
What do we mean when we say that a goal of the Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities project is to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Some people are consistently left out of or underserved by economic, political, cultural, and social systems and related activities. This exclusion or marginalization can significantly impact individuals, families, and communities. More effective decisions are made with diverse input. All voices that could be affected by decisions should have the opportunity to be heard. Equitable processes and outcomes are required for successful plans and projects.
Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities seeks to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by:
- Welcoming marginalized and underserved groups, which will differ by community but are particularly Black and Brown people, to the flood risk reduction and resilience process. Ensuring these groups have access to the resources and opportunities necessary to connect with the program and improve the quality of their lives.
- Identifying and acknowledging disparities along race, class, gender, disability status, and other dimensions of diversity in the project-planning process and in outcomes and working actively to reduce those disparities.
- Recognizing a special responsibility to elevate the priorities of the individuals and organizations in the communities where we work, particularly those who have been underserved in the past.
- Focusing resources and approaches to mitigate the consequences of systemic racism.
- Ensuring diversity and inclusion in decision-making processes and ensuring equitable access to opportunities to be heard in those processes.
We are working to accomplish these goals by:
- Reaching out to partner organizations that can help our engagement efforts be more welcoming and reach and obtain input from the people they serve.
- Providing as many ways to engage as possible as easily as possible.
- Providing ways to get and receive information in multiple languages.
We welcome your feedback on our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, as well as on what additional steps may be needed. Together, we will expand and refine how we maximize engagement and lift the voices of those who could benefit from or be affected by this process.
Many ways to participate
Below are some of the ways you can participate in the process. We will continue to expand these public involvement opportunities as we hear from you about what works for you and the people you know.
Download the App
We encourage you to download the Irys app on your mobile phone. This useful tool provides information about the project, meeting schedules, and surveys. It also enables you to submit information about how you experience flood risk and share your vision for the future of your neighborhood.
Public meetings, partner meetings, and focus groups
During the visioning process, we are conducting a listening tour by working with partners to reach people where they’re at – through outreach at existing meetings and events. As the project progresses and we learn more about priorities, we will host public meetings and plan additional outreach. Please check back here, sign up for emails, download the Irys app, or follow social media for more opportunities.
Provide us feedback
Using the form below or send input to our project email address at ResilientRRBC@resilient.nj.gov
Leave a voicemail
on our project hotline at:
While we cannot respond to callers to our hotline, we encourage you to leave your comments and we will review and consider all input received.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @ResilientRRBC
to get project updates via email
Below are additional ways to connect with the project:
- Become an engagement partner to help get the word out and share feedback you hear
- Reach out to Steering Committee representatives from your city
Become an engagement partner
We are seeking partners to help us ensure we receive as much input from our community as possible. If you are an organization that works with people who live or work in the area and would like to be involved, please complete our five-minute partner interest survey.
OUR ASK – Partner with us by:
- Let us know the best way to engage your organization in the project.
- Let us know what language we should translate materials into for your use.
- Share your organization’s social media handles so that we may like and follow your organization.
- Let us know how we can plan and structure our outreach and engagement materials so the people you serve can most effectively engage with the project.
- Let us know your interest in joining the partner meeting (to be scheduled) to learn more about the project and share your input.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN ENGAGEMENT PARTNER:
There are multiple ways to partner, based on what works best for your organization:
- Posting and / or sharing project flyer(s) with your contact list
- Following and engaging with the project on social media @ResilientRRBC
- Linking and posting project information on your website or through your newsletters
- Conducting your own “meeting in a box” and providing feedback to the project team through a simple Microsoft form
- Sharing results of conversations you may have about the project
- Downloading or sharing the Irys app to provide feedback wherever you are
Together, we may discover other ways that could help maximize success!
Roughly each quarter, we will provide new information and tools for sharing, as well as get your initial input on materials shortly before the launch date.
Working together, we can help develop more resilient Raritan River and Bay Communities.
The Region Team
The work of the Resilient NJ Raritan River and Bay Communities project is overseen by a Regional Team comprising the Middlesex County Office of Planning, and the municipalities of Carteret, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Sayreville, South River, and Woodbridge. Below are the members for each Region Team entity:
- Middlesex County Office of Planning – Doug Greenfeld
- Carteret – Daniel Beasley, Patrick J. DeBlasio, John Dupont
- Old Bridge – Veena Sawant, Damian Gil
- Perth Amboy – Jeffrey Rauch, Tashi Vazquez, Larry Cattano, Jamie Rios
- South Amboy – Glenn Skarzynski, Mark Rasimowicz
- Sayreville – Kirk Miick, Dan Frankel, John Zebrowski
- South River – Art Londensky
- Woodbridge – Mike Gelin, Marta Darden, Tom Flynn, Megan Kushpa
We are partnering with local organizations to conduct public meetings.
Information about upcoming meetings will be posted on this website, on social media, and in the Irys app.