The NJSEA Municipal Drone Program offers drone flights at no charge to Meadowlands District municipalities through the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI). The drone missions provide valuable services and assistance to help District towns best manage their resources and strategize resiliency efforts.
The Municipal Drone Program has various applications, including but not limited to ditch and tide gate inspections, coastal berm and seawall structural stability assessments, dirt pile volume calculations, site surveying, obtaining water samples from hard to reach places, and post hazardous event assessments, such as determining the extent of areas affected by spills, fires, and other emergencies.
Gathering high-tech information from otherwise inaccessible areas to analyze the structural integrity of man-made and natural berms, and the ability of wetlands to absorb storm water, is especially important given the Meadowlands’ vulnerability to flooding from rain events, storm surges and, at times, regular high tides.
For more information about MERI’s drone program visit meri.njmeadowlands.gov and click on Drone Mapping. For questions about the Municipal Drone Program and to request a drone flight email firstname.lastname@example.org