Pallone Announces Federal NOAA Grant to Prepare Monmouth Communities for Coastal Threats
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), a co-chair of the Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus, announced a $450,344 grant to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The grant will enable the 15 communities that make up the Two Rivers Council of Mayors in Monmouth County to improve their ability to respond to adverse events and a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.
“This funding is an important step towards protecting Monmouth County’s communities from coastal threats,” said Congressman Pallone. “As residents of New Jersey continue to recover from Sandy, we must be ready for future challenges and put our local government and communities in a position to recover as quickly as possible. I appreciate NOAA understanding the importance of these ongoing efforts towards preparedness in New Jersey.”
The funding, part of the New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) program, will allow those involved to participate in a stakeholder-led scenario planning process, deploy new and enhanced decision-making tools, and develop consistent state- and community-level policy and practices that support resilience and adaptation actions. Partners in the project include Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Rutgers University Climate Institute, Louis Berger and the Borough of Oceanport, New Jersey.