Monmouth County High Water Mark Initiative

The Township of Neptune, in cooperation with Monmouth County, is proud to be participating in the High Water Mark Initiative.

What is the High Water Mark Initiative?

As part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the High Water Mark (HWM) Initiative is a community-based awareness program that increases local communities’ awareness of flood risk and encourages action to mitigate that risk.

As part of the project, communities post HWM signs in prominent places, hold a high-profile launch event to unveil the signs, conduct ongoing education to build local awareness of flood risk, and complete mitigation actions to build community resilience against future flooding.  A variety of audiences such as local officials, emergency management personnel, community leaders as well as FEMA Regions, Federal, state, and local entities can learn more about the HWM Initiative in the sections below.


Monmouth County to Launch High Water Mark Initiative

Published June 23, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sheriff Shaun Golden will launch the county’s High Water Mark Initiative with the placement of the first sign at the county’s Belford Ferry Terminal, 10 Harbor Way.

The sign and others like it signify the height of the flood water during Superstorm Sandy. The signs are designed to draw attention to the potential for flooding in communities and acknowledge the location of historic flood events. The program falls under the National Flood Insurance Program

“Fourteen Monmouth County towns have joined the High Water Mark Initiative,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso. “These towns have made a commitment to improving their resiliency to future storms and in the process reduced flood insurance premiums for their residents.”

Participating towns are: Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Belmar, Hazlet, Keansburg, Manasquan, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Rumson and Sea Bright.


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