RAHWAY— Councilman Robert Bresenhan, Jr. is urging city residents to sign an online petition to help move along a multi-million-dollar plan to mitigate the frequent flooding that takes place along the Rahway River basin.
“I join Cranford Township Commissioner Tom Hannen in his effort to generate enough public support of this petition that will encourage the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with this urgent initiative,” said Bresenhan.
Bresenhan said the petition’s purpose is to urge Congress to provide full funding for the Rahway River Flood Mitigation Study as well as for it’s implementation in 2015.
“I encourage all Rahway residents and any of their friends and family along the Rahway River basin to sign this petition immediately,” Bresenhan said.
Bresenhan said mayors from nine municipalities along the river, from Millburn to Rahway, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the state Department of Environmental Protection are favoring an alternative for the flood mitigation project known as Option 4.
“I grew up in Cranford and now live in Rahway, and I know first hand the sad impact of flooding,” Bresenhan said.
Additional federal funding totaling more than $1 million is still needed to complete a study of Option 4, which, if implemented, would modify the Orange Reservoir in South Mountain Reservation (in West Orange, Maplewood and Millburn) to permit the reservoir to be drained several days before a major storm, thus providing storage capacity for peak storms.
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