Preparedness and Safety
During wet weather, Hoboken suffers from routine flooding, sewage backups and combined sewage overflow (CSO) events, stemming from multiple source conditions: high tides, low topography, surface runoff, significant impervious surfaces, antiquated sewer infrastructure, and insufficient pumping capacity. These factors often combine to pose flood and public health risks to Hoboken residents.
To address this challenge, volunteers will help plant street trees and rain gardens in strategic locations to maximize the impact on storm water management and CSO event reduction. Volunteers will support the maintenance of new plantings as well as maintain previously completed green infrastructure installations throughout the City. Volunteers who participate in this program will also be eligible for green jobs training through Rutgers University's cooperative extension program.