PROJECT PROFILE: Green Infrastructure and Placemaking Plan
Greening Camden Waterfront South
Camden's Waterfront South is a federal and state historic district located in the southwestern part of the city along the banks of the Delaware River. The neighborhood has seen issues of flooding in part due to increased impervious cover and their combined sewer-stormwater system (CSS). When not maintained properly, this system can become backed up, discharging a combination of stormwater and harmful sewage in events of severe rainfall. Rowan University has partnered with the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) to create a neighborhood-wide green infrastructure plan to reduce the amount of discharge from the CSS and improve the condition of existing parks and green spaces. As community engagement and feedback is critical in the planning process, meetings and interviews with community members and professionals were conducted to obtain information on which areas in the neighborhood were experiencing the worst flooding, initial feedback on proposed GSI projects, and the overall concerns of community members. Two public meetings, two focus groups, and in-depth interviews were conducted to allow for the acquisition of information from stakeholders.
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Mahbubur Meenar, PhD, Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor—Geography, Planning, & Sustainability (project administration; community engagement)
Meghan Wren, Assistant Project Manager (event management, community engagement)
Megan Bucknum, Lecturer—Geography, Planning, & Sustainability (oral history; focus group facilitation)
Ted Howell, PhD, Lecturer—Writing Arts (photo collage workshop facilitation)
Jennifer Kitson, PhD, Assistant Professor—Geography, Planning, & Sustainability (oral history)
Devon Moulton, Giavanni Rizzo, and Cassandra Rodriguez, Student Assistants—Geography, Planning, & Sustainability
Susan Harris, Cerulean LLC
Donna Helmes, Carlos Morales—Heart of Camden
Cassie Macdonald—Camden Fireworks
This project is primarily funded by CCMUA, with support from a Rowan University SEED Grant on inclusion and diversity, 2018-2019.
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The Waterfront South neighborhood has just over 1,200 residents in less than 500 households is the host of the wastewater treatment plant, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), for the entire county of over 500,000 people. It is also home to an assortment of inefficiently located port and warehouse facilities that generate a large number of heavy truck trips through the area. With the addition of heavy manufacturing, licorice and gypsum production and a range of additional light industrial uses, it created a toxic environment for the residents living in the neighborhood and caused health issues. The residents have been experiencing environmental injustice for several decades.
Existing Condition Analysis
Community Design Workshop
Focus Groups 1—professionals
Focus Group 2—residents and stakeholders
GSI Projects & Prioritization Ranking
Final Plan - coming soon!
Community Engagement Process
Community Design Workshop (Apr, 2019) — see photos
Focus Group 2: photo voice activity — see photos
Focus Group 2: photo collage activity — see photos
Final Presentation (Sep, 2019) — see photos
Video story by NJTV News - Oct 2019
Pop-up Photo Collage Exhibit