GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — State and federal agencies will seek input on the problem of back bay flooding and how to address it Thursday evening during a meeting at Stockton University.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are conducting the New Jersey Back Bays Flood Risk Management study, which will examine the effects of back bay flooding on residents, critical infrastructure and facilities, property and ecosystems, according to the Army Corps.

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ATLANTIC CITY — It’s a rainy day in September, and Arizona Avenue is again underwater.

Some environmentalists are skeptical that the Christie administration’s DEP is capable of making good decisions on the subject.

“While the DEP is having this meeting, their administration’s rollbacks on the Flood Hazard Rules have increased development in flood-prone areas,” said Sierra Club of New Jersey Director Jeff Tittel.

The DEP defines the back bay area as 3,400 miles of shoreline and 950 square miles of interconnected tidal water bodies landward of the ocean coastline in Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic and Cape May counties.

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