The map includes two types of Environmental Justice Hotspots, which are areas where overburdened communities face high levels of water risks.
The BLUE Flooding Environmental Justice Hotspots show all areas where overburdened communities face three or more of the following water risks:
The YELLOW Water Infrastructure Environmental Justice Hotspots show all areas where overburdened communities face two or more of the following water risks:
The GREEN areas are both Flooding EJ Hotspots and Water Infrastructure EJ Hotspots.
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Please note that this map is for informational purposes only. These types of conclusions may be drawn from the map: general patterns and trends of flooding and known water quality issues in the state; general demographic trends; potential incidence of water related risks in specific communities; etc. Please note that the map is not meant for: making flood zone determinations, providing design elevations or guidance; drawing conclusions based on correlation; etc. More analysis is needed to establish firm conclusions about intersections in specific areas. Rutgers, Jersey Water Works, and New Jersey Future assume no responsibility for incorrect information
This tool relies on other organizations’ data. Due to the limitations of original datasets, there may be data gaps and the resolution (scale) of the data may not be sufficiently detailed for your study area. In addition, it is possible that data shown on the map is outdated or does not reflect conditions on the ground. The flood data used in the overlay analysis is selected because it is the best data available that is supported by FEMA.
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