Rebuild by Design Feasibility Study and EIS Comprehensive Master Plan for Climate Resiliency
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Rebuild by Design Hoboken – NJDEP

Location: Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, New Jersey


  • Climate change and sea level rise analysis
  • Land and site planning, civil/structural/ geotechnical/environmental engineering, sustainable design
  • Integrated coastal and H&H modelling, constructability and value engineering, flood risk analysis and mitigations
  • Developed and designed a flood risk reduction system with stormwater management strategies to reduce flood risk

The RBDH is located in Hoboken and parts of Jersey City and Weehawken. The project consisted of preparing a feasibility study and environmental impact statement (EIS) for the RBD Hudson River project. The project was conceived as an urban water strategy designed to protect the entire city of Hoboken and parts of Weehawken and Jersey City from frequent flooding due to storm surge, high tide, and heavy rainfall. Resilience measures include waterfront or inland infrastructure for surge defense (resist); policy recommendations, guidelines, and urban infrastructure to slow rainwater runoff (delay); a circuit of interconnected green infrastructure to store and direct excess rainwater (store); and water pumps and alternative routes to support drainage (discharge).

Mr. Al Arag, while at Dewberry Engineers Inc, was the lead stormwater engineer involved with the feasibility study and environmental impact statement for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project. Mr. Arag led the planning and development of Delay, Storage, and Discharge stormwater management strategies. Mr. Arag also led a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and landscape architects on site walkthroughs, assessment of green/grey infrastructure. Mr. Al Arag coordinated with various utilities such as NHSA, PSEG, Verizon, JCMUA and others, and also completed hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and calculations.