Township of Ocean, Ocean County, New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Municipal Assistance Program

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Municipal Assistance Program

Join us for a Virtual Public Meeting
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Township of Ocean are preparing a climate change vulnerability assessment and action plan.

Join us for a discussion about the resilience and adaptation action items the township can take to improve its resilience to climate change based on the existing and anticipated risks to the community.

Date:                  Monday February 27, 2023
Time:                 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Prior Meeting information for review:  Ocean VA Assessment Public Meeting 2

Community Meetings on the Vulnerability Assessment
The community has participated in two public meetings to learn about the preparation of the vulnerability assessment and to provide input. The visioning and project kick-off meeting was held on July 14, 2022, from 5:30–7:00 pm at the Waretown Volunteer Fire Company.  The second public meeting was virtual, and it took place on December 7, 2022, from 5:30–7:00 pm. At this meeting an update on the vulnerability assessment was provided.

Project Background
The Resilient NJ Municipal Assistance Program supports municipalities in integrating climate change science into their planning and decision making, creating a future that is more resilient to the effects of extreme heat, sea level rise, coastal storms, extreme precipitation, and other impacts of climate change.

As more extreme weather occurs in New Jersey, the need to prepare for these events has become a priority. Municipalities like the Township of Ocean, located along the coastline, unfortunately are more likely to receive damage from these more frequent weather events including storm surge and localized flooding.

The Township of Ocean has addressed local storm recovery and resiliency issues for several years, such as through the preparation of a variety of plans and studies funded as part of the Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grant program, including the preparation of a Master Plan Reexamination Report addressing resiliency issues. The planning work completed as part of these efforts will help inform this work for the Municipal Assistance Program.

The outcome of this effort will be a list of resilience and adaptation action items for improved resiliency in the community aimed at reducing climate impacts, enhancing natural resources, and improving equity and justice within the community.

This work was made possible with financial assistance from the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Coastal Management Program. For more information on the Resilient New Jersey Municipal Assistance Program visit: