How extensive are flood problems in Monmouth's Two Rivers region, between the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers? How are they being addressed? How do we handle them in the meantime? An open house, February 23 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, might shed some light on the matter.

Navesink River (Flickr User Bogdan Migulski)
Navesink River (Flickr User Bogdan Migulski)

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hosts the information session, taking place between 6 and 8 PM, aiming to educate about flood risks and preparation.

The 15 communities in the Two Rivers section include Eatontown, Fair Haven, Highlands, Little Silver, Long Branch, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.

Shrewsbury River
Shrewsbury River (Flickr User DanCentury)

The "Two Rivers, One Future" event highlights the New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) project, which incorporates advanced scientific approaches to flood resilience and helps local officials understand how to reach decisions that benefit the region beyond their borders.

NJ FRAMES sprang from a $900,000 grant, awarded in early 2016 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

DEP plans isplays illustrating flood containment and resiliency efforts, the impact of rising sea levels, and ecological conditions that have a bearing on them.

There will be deeper technical information, a chance for youngsters to be engaged in the process, and a survey of what residents see as regional priorities.

The Two River Theater is at 21 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank.

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