New Flood Resilience Resources
NJDEP adds free email update service and Blue Acres Buy Out Portal
Since its inception in 1995, DEP Blue Acres has worked to better protect public safety and the environment by relocating New Jersey families whose homes are subject to repeated flooding and acquiring property for use as natural flood storage, parks, and community open space.
DEP Blue Acres has two core missions:
Disaster Recovery: Blue Acres helps New Jersey residents whose homes have been damaged in flooding events
Preparedness: Blue Acres contributes to New Jersey’s Climate Change Resilience Strategy through a proactive approach to guide state acquisition of lands that increases host community resilience through the strategic acquisition of lands that have been damaged, or may be prone to future damage, due to sea-level rise, storms, or storm-related flooding, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage.
Blue Acres Flood Buyout Application Portal
Homeowners can now submit buyout applications online in English or Spanish. The new portal allows homeowners to express their interest in a flood buyout, but because Blue Acres targets acquisitions based on need and funding eligibility requirements, the application does not reflect a commitment from the State to deliver an offer. In addition to simplifying application submission, the new portal provides interested homeowners with confirmation that buyout funding discussions will consider their real estate. Blue Acres continues to accept printed applications via post mail.
Blue Acres Electronic Mailing List
Don’t miss a Blue Acres update! Subscribers to the Blue Acres e-mail list will receive the latest updates and alerts about buyout progress, post-buyout land use, funding awards and availability, climate resilience planning resources, and related events in communities across the state. Local officials – especially floodplain administrators – and interested homeowners are encouraged to subscribe to keep up with how Blue Acres can support local flood mitigation efforts and enhance community resilience through disaster preparedness and recovery planning. To subscribe, click here