Back bay flooding and how to combat it will be the subject of meetings Wednesday evening in Ventnor and Thursday in Toms River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding the meetings to get more local input for its New Jersey Back Bays Flood Risk Management Study.

The back-bay area is the network of interconnected tidal water bodies located landward of the ocean coastline in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Burlington and Cape May counties, according to the Army Corps, which is holding the meeting in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

New Jersey’s back bay area includes about 950 square miles and nearly 3,400 miles of shoreline.

Some of the measures that will be discussed are structural solutions such as storm-surge barriers, tide gates, levees and floodwalls; nonstructural solutions such as elevating homes; and nature-based actions such as marsh restoration and living shorelines, the Army Corps said in a news release.

The final plan may also include recommendations about floodplain management and ways municipalities can reduce flood insurance costs through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System.

Both meetings will be 6 to 8 p.m. The Sept. 12 meeting will be at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. The Sept. 13 meeting will be at the Ocean County College Gateway Building, Lot 1, College Drive, Toms River.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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