Preparedness and Safety
Jersey City's current tree canopy is 17% - far less than comparable urban areas. Estimated conservatively, Jersey City's tree canopy is currently intercepting over 155 million gallons of stormwater per year and saving taxpayers over $1 million in flooding and sewer overflow damages. Preserving and expanding tree canopy is an important component of the City's disaster mitigation strategy. Volunteers will perform a range of activities including, but not limited to, installing small scale green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens and rain barrels, helping to identify and map flood-sensitive areas, and maintaining green and gray infrastructure projects such as bioswales, catch basins, and tree pits. Volunteers will become neighborhood-based advocates that will lead community-based urban stormwater management projects and enhance the city-wide capacity to maintain those projects over time.