- Recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in Land Conservation
- Recipient of the NJ Association of Floodplain Managers 2013 Outstanding Floodplain Management Award
Increased, repetitive flooding in New Jersey, especially recovery from the excessive flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011, led Morris County Freeholders (now County Commissioners) to expand the floodplain mitigation efforts of our current open space initiative by creating a specific grant program for the buyout of flood-prone residential properties on March 14, 2012. The Morris County Preservation Trust Fund will provide funding for this program.
Working closely with funding partners at the local, state and federal levels, Morris County will mitigate this situation by assisting municipalities with the acquisition of flood-damaged properties, requiring the demolition of structures on-site and permanently preserving the land therein.
Program objectives are to provide natural open space areas for floodwater storage, decrease the loss of life and property risk, lower costs for the governments involved, and provide a new beginning for flood-prone homeowners.
Morris County will endeavor to move people and homes out of harm’s way and create new open space that will help absorb and contain future flooding.
For more information, please contact:
Virginia Michelin, Program Coordinator
Phone: (973) 829-8132