DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ISSUED FOR HUDSON RIVER REBUILD BY DESIGN PROJECT

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ISSUED FOR HUDSON RIVER REBUILD BY DESIGN PROJECT

The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and a public hearing for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River: Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge Project. The DEIS describes the purpose and need for the project, the alternatives considered, the NEPA Preferred Alternative, anticipated environmental impacts, project benefits, and potential mitigation measures.

The Preferred Alternative recommended through the DEIS is Alternative 3, an inland alignment that uses an existing alleyway in northern Hoboken and does not impact existing waterfront access or views. The design process for the project is expected to continue in the summer of 2017 for 18 to 24 months with construction expected to begin in 2019.

“I thank everyone who has participated throughout this process” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I invite our community to attend the public hearing and remain involved as we continue through the design process in the months ahead to make sure that we protect our city for the long term.”

Electronic copies of the DEIS are available at www.rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov and CDs and paper copies are available for review during regular business hours at Hoboken City Hall (94 Washington Street), Hoboken Library (500 Park Avenue), and Hoboken Housing Authority (400 Harrison Street), in addition to locations in Weehawken and Jersey City.

A 45 day public comment period begins on February 24 and ends on April 10. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at DeBaun Auditorium at 24 5th Street in Hoboken to provide an opportunity for public comments.

Comments can be submitted using any of the following methods:

1.       Email: rbd_hudsonriver@dep.nj.gov

2.       Online to the NJDEP website at www.rbd-hudsonriver.

3.       Mail: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) c/o Dennis Reinknecht, Program Manager, Bureau of Flood Resilience, 501 East State Street, Mail Code 501-01A, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.

4.       Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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