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Survey To Help Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton Plan for Flood-Related Risks

For Immediate ReleaseNews-release-graphic100px: September 4, 2014
Contact: Leah Yasenchak  (lyasenchakatnjfuturedotorg)  732-859-0831

A new survey, initiated in cooperation with Little Egg Harbor Township, the Borough of Tuckerton, and the planning-advocacy group New Jersey Future, will help provide information on how well-prepared community members are to address the risks they face related to flooding and sea-level rise.

The survey, administered by Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Social and Decision Sciences, asks community members to share their beliefs and understanding about flooding and sea-level rise. The results will assist Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton in developing public outreach and education strategies that provide the most relevant and helpful information on ways the community can prepare itself for flood-related risks.

“We’re off to a great start, with more than 100 responses,” said Little Egg Harbor Township Mayor Arthur R. Midgley.  “But in order for us to know how best to move forward with our recovery, we need everyone to participate.”

“A more complete understanding of how our residents perceive the risk of future flooding will be invaluable in developing effective outreach and targeted education tools,” said Buck Evans, mayor of Tuckerton Borough.

After researchers from Carnegie Mellon compile survey responses, the results will be presented to municipal officials, who will then review the findings at a public meeting. The meeting will also serve as a forum for public input on various land use planning and public investment strategies the community could consider to help reduce exposure to future flooding and storm events.

The survey will be open until Sept. 30, and all residents are encouraged to complete it.  It may be found at http://njfuture.org/risksurvey.

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