Rahway River Flood Control Council To Meet Again In April

UNION — The Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will meet on Tuesday, April 3, hosted by Union Township Mayor Joe Florio at the Union Township Municipal Building. Florio welcomed the meeting in his community as a constructive approach on a regional basis to find solutions to mitigate the impacts of river flooding.

The agenda includes an update on the US Army Corps of Engineers hydrology evaluation of several priority projects to increase the storage of floodwaters including assessment of the Orange Reservoir and the South Mountain reservation; a review of opportunities in the Lenape Park Retention Basin including changing the spillway; evaluation of both Echo Lake Park and Nomehegan parks; and assessment of the bridges along the stretch of the river. Senator Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Leonard Lance recently announced a $225,000 federal appropriation to continue the Army Corps work on solutions. The New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection is the state partner with the Army Corp.

The Mayors will also consider recommendations of the engineers of the watershed communities. The engineers were hosted last week by Union County Engineer Tom Mineo and covered numerous action items including better river maintenance practices and regulatory relief regarding normal stream maintenance.

In addition a resolution will be presented to commit each community to lowering the amount of impervious surfaces by 10 percent by 2014 and a list of flood prone properties will be provided to Union County for open space purchase.

The Mayors Council is made up of the Mayors of the communities that are in the Rahway River Watershed including Millburn, Union, Springfield, Cranford, Winfield Park, Westfield, Rahway, Garwood and Kenilworth.

The Mayors organization was founded in October 2011 to develop flood control strategies on a regional basis to mitigate flooding and protect area residents, following the damages caused by Hurricane Irene.


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