Monday, April 15, 2013
The Rahway River Watershed Stormwater Advisory Board is finalizing plans to construct rain gardens in the Rahway River Watershed.
The following press release was submitted by the Rahway River Watershed Stormwater Advisory Board. A plan to establish 1,000 rain gardens in the Rahway River Watershed took a step forward with plans for a major campaign in the communities from Essex County to Union County that the Rahway River travels through. At the April 11 meeting of the Rahway River Watershed Stormwater Advisory Board, plans were finalized to provide outreach on rain gardens through development of a facebook page; local access TV presentations, and handing out flyers provided by the Association of New Jersey Association of Environmental Commissions. Outreach to Boy Scout troops interested in a community project; possible discounts on materials from partners and plans …
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, February 14, 2013
The board will advise communities and advocate for changes in storm water management practices when needed.
Thursday, February 14
The following is a press release from the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control. With continued concerns about the flooding in the Rahway River watershed, a new regional advisory board has been formed to advise communities and advocate for changes to ordinances and implementation of best storm water management practices including to protect water quality and as important an objective to reduce the quantity of uncontrolled run off. Meeting for its initial meeting in Cranford, the new board has representatives from Essex County to the City of Rahway including membership from 10 communities. Several community environmental commission members; governing board members and engineers are participating. The members include: Vaclav…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Members will share updates about U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project South Mountain Regional Detention Basin.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will be meeting at the Cranford Municipal Building on Wednesday to update residents on the progress of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers evaluation of flood mitigation projects including the development of the South Mountain Regional Detention Basin. "Most New Jerseyans hearts go out to residents of the shore and the state and federal government have to be strong partners in rebuilding," said Dan Aschenbach, former Cranford mayor. "We do have to remind the Governor and State Legislature, however, that we are not minced meat and should not be forgotten with regards to the funding needs to move ahead with flood control," he said. Many homes and businesses after Irene in the Rahway…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Officials continue to explore project to reduce flooding in Cranford and surrounding towns.
The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control has established a task force to work with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the next project evaluation on its agenda, which involves the improvements proposed for Lenape Park. "Preliminary hydrology done by the Army Corps indicates significant reduction potential in the water elevation in the existing detention basin including channelization work. This, combined with the South Mountain project has a potential of major improvements in lowering water elevations in Cranford," said former Cranford Mayor Daniel Aschenbach who continues to spearhead the Council's efforts. The task force will include the mayors and engineers from Cranford, Union, Kenilworth, Westfield and Union County. …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A group of local mayors is proposing the construction of a dry detention basin to help alleviate flooding in Millburn, Union, Springfield and Cranford.
The Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will host a presentation on a proposal to develop a South Mountain Dry Detention Basin in the South Mountain Reservation near Campbell's Pond. The meeting will be held June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Millburn Municipal Building. The watershed suffered in excess of $75 million in damages when Hurricane Irene tore through the region last August. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/DEP evaluation has indicated up to 3 feet of water elevation during peak storm conditions can be reduced in Millburn, Union and Springfield with 1.5 feet in Cranford. "We understand the development of a dry detention basin will have environmental effects and there will be a need to sort out the impact and mitigation…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The cost of damages caused by flooding from the late summer hurricane exceeded $50 million, according to representatives from the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control.
Data collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the months following Hurricane Irene has shown that the cost of the damage to homes, schools, and municipal property has exceeded $50 million. The economic loss, including the decrease in some property values has led members of a regional flood control panel to seek financial assistance from federal, state and county governments to help prevent future losses due to storm damage. When the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control meets on April 3 at the Union Municipal Building, members will discuss some of the funding that has already been awarded to towns along the Rahway River to help with flood mitigtion efforts. Last week Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Cranford …
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will meet in Cranford next month.
Progress continued at the Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control meeting Jan. 26 in Rahway, as members of the council agreed to a master plan for the bridges along the Rahway River. The plan will focus on making sure that improvements to current bridges as well as future structures take into consideration impacts on flooding. In light of a study done by the Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers, it was agreed that the Morris Avenue bridge, Milltown Road bridge, Route 22 bridge and Hazelwood Avenue bridge be included in upcoming improvement projects. "The continued regional engagement of the mayors in this effort to identify and implement flood control efforts on a regional basis will yield …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Agenda for meeting at Rahway Library includes a discussion of bridges along Rahway River and creating a model storm a model stormwater ordinance.
Rahway Mayor Rick Proctor announced this week that the next meeting of the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will be held in Rahway on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The council grew out of the regional mayors’ flood control conference that was held in October at Union County College in Cranford. The effort was spearheaded by local officials, especially former Cranford Mayor, Daniel Aschenbach. The was started as a joint effort to work toward mitigation of flooding in towns along the Rahway River, which was made worse by Hurricane Irene and highlighted by damages sustained in those towns. In an email, Proctor said " We are leading the effort to find a regional approach to flood control given the damages communities experienced…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
First meeting will focus on towns working together for flood mitigation up and down the river.
Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff will host the first meeting of the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control on Nov. 28 at Millburn town hall. The council grew out of the regional flood control conference that was held last month at Union College in Cranford. The main objective of the new mayors’ council is to work together toward mitigation of flooding in towns along the Rahway River, which was made worse by Irene and highlighted by damages sustained in those towns. The agenda will include hammering out a statement of objectives and organization structure, assessments of damage caused by Irene in communities along the river as well as proposals for storage and flood control structures and state legislation and reimbursement …