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Technical Dinner: Meadowlands Rebuild By Design - (Sponsored by COPRI)


"Rebuild By Design Meadowlands: Resiliency in Design"

Presented by:
Christopher Benosky, PE, CFM
Garrett Avery
Lulu Loquidis, AECOM

To address the region’s flood and resiliency vulnerabilities the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched in 2013 a Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition inviting communities to craft pioneering resiliency solutions. HUD awarded $150 million to the State of New Jersey for the “RBD Meadowlands Flood Reduction Project” located in the municipalities of Carlstadt, Little Ferry, South Hackensack, Moonachie and Teterboro.  The RBD Meadowlands Project is a real-time iterative design process balancing social, environmental, and community benefits while realizing flood risk reduction and increased resiliency for communities located within 100-year floodplains.

This approach requires interdisciplinary collaboration between engineers, urban planners, landscape architects, ecologists, environmental scientists, and economists to develop innovative, replicable and scalable ideas.  These ideas include potentially utilizing Low Impact Development (LID) measures to achieve a reduction in stormwater runoff, improved interior drainage with enhanced conveyance and storage to mitigate local flooding, retrofits and reinforcements of existing infrastructure, wetland/ecosystem restoration, as well as tidal surge/flood protection alignments reinforcement.

Currently pending approval for 1.0 PDHs

5:30 - 6:30 Registration and Networking

6:30 pm Dinner with Presentation following