Monday, March 25, 2013
At its last meeting, the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control refocused its effort to define the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
The following summary of the last meeting of the Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control was provided by members of the organization. At its March meeting in Millburn, the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control made it a top priority to better define the extent of the damages left by Hurricane Irene. The current estimate is more than $100 million of damages to schools, business districts and homes. The mayors of the 11 communities participating in the Mayors Council have been working along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate flood control alternatives that could protect residents and businesses from future storms. A major potential is …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Rep. Leonard Lance, NJ-07, met with mayors from Union and Essex counties to discuss the Rahway River Basin feasibility study.
Thursday, January 10
On Jan. 9, Congressman Leonard Lance, NJ-07, met with several Seventh District mayors, state officials and representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the status of the Rahway River Basin feasibility study currently under way by the Corps. During the meeting, Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff, Springfield Mayor David Amlen, Union Mayor Clifton People, Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen, Garwood Mayor Pat Quattrochi and Union County Freeholder Bruce Bergen received a briefing from the Army Corps of Engineers, state officials and Lance about the status of the study. The Seventh District lawmaker, who arranged the meeting, also pledged his strong support for the project and updated the group on several actions he has already taken to …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Preliminary Army Corps of Engineers' study shows large reservoir on South Mountain could alleviate flooding downstream
After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed on Thursday that a bigger reservoir on the South Mountain Reservation could alleviate flooding along the Rahway, the Mayors Council on Rahway River Flood Control set out to convince Essex County that it’s a project worth pursuing. If the river towns and Essex and Union Counties leave the project up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it could be several years before work could even begin and that is not palatable to mayors whose towns suffered a combined $75 million in damages. “This has to be done sooner rather than later. When’s the next big storm going to hit? We don’t know,” said Millburn Mayor Sandy Haimoff, who hosted two meetings of the Mayors' Council, the Corps of Engineers and …
Monday, November 21, 2011
The ACE study is expected to indicate that the levees are not stable.
Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will attend a special meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. to present its report on the status of the levees in Cranford. The meeting will take place in Room 108 of the Cranford Municipal Building. The Army Corps study is expected to indicate they (the levees) are not stable, according to Mayor Daniel Aschenbach. "For Cranford, the issue today is to repair and or replace the levee system with stronger and heightened levees," Aschenbach said. "At the footbridge where Irene caused the river flow to exceed the levee and then empty into the streets and homes, the height of the levee is compromised by erosion." In addition, the mayor said, the seepage could cause the entire levee to burst from …
A summary of the recent actions that have been taken regarding the proposed residential development on Birchwood Avenue.
The digging that was taking place at the site of a proposed development on Birchwood Avenue has ceased, but residents continue to worry and wonder about the fate of the project, which was a major issue during the recent election and continues to be an important topic for many residents who live in the area. The following is an update on the Birchwood Avenue site and the actions that have been taken recently by the developer - the S. Hekemian Group - as well as the township and residents who oppose the construction of 360 residential units on the flood-prone property. For updates on the township's efforts to fight the Birchwood Avenue development, "like" Cranford Patch on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CranfordPatch or follow @…
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A Rahway River Watershed Regional Conference will take place at Union County College Friday night. The public is encouraged to attend.
A Rahway River Watershed Regional Conference will take place Friday night at Union County College in Cranford to discuss the impact of Hurricane Irene and possible solutions to flooding from a regional perspective. The conference, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Roy Smith Theater, is open to the public and will include a panel discussion with local officials including Cranford Mayor Daniel Aschenbach. The mayors of Springfield and Millburn are also scheduled to be part of the discussion along with engineers from the Army Corps of Engineers. According to Aschenbach, the ultimate objective of the meeting will be to "form a Flood Control Authority and to indentify storage and other solutions that could protect homeowners and businesses." …