Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Rahway River Watershed Storm water Management Conference holds their next meeting on September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Millburn Library. The conference, co-sponsored by the Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control and the Rahway River Association (RRA), will include presentations on best practical storm water management practices, including some that are already being implemented in the watershed. Mayors, board members, planning and zoning board officials, engineers and other state and local officials have been invited along with the general public. Mayor Sandra Haimoff hosts the meeting. In addition to the invited officials, experts at the conference will include Rutgers Associate Environmental Sciences Professor Dr.Chris …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Cranford will join with Millburn and several other communities in Union and Essex counties to take steps toward developing a dry dam in the South Mountain Reservation.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The Following press release was provided by the Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control. The Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control, established after Irene to find solutions to flooding in Rahway River Watershed, will meet on Sept. 13 at 6:45 p.m. at the Rahway Municipal Library. The Mayor's Council consists of the Mayors and engineers of communities along the Rahway River that have been meeting regularly since the end of 2011. The communities of Millburn, West Orange, South Orange, Maplewood, Springfield, Union, Cranford, Kenilworth, Garwood, Westfield, Winfield Park and Rahway have been represented on the council. "All the towns in the Rahway River Watershed have to improve the way we handle stormwater…
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Cranford, Millburn and other towns along the Rahway River have entered into an interlocal agreement to fund early stages of the project.
Governing bodies from the communities that are represented on the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control agreed last week to enter into an interlocal agreement to fund the legal analysis on the development of the South Mountain Reservation detention dam. The project, once constructed, is expected to detain storm water at peak flow conditions that will reduce water elevations in communities such as Millburn, Springfield, Union, Kenilworth, Cranford and Rahway. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's hydrology assessment indicated the project could reduce water elevations by almost 3 feet at the Route 78 confluence of the Rahway River. Cranford officials discussed the interlocal agreement during a recent Township Committee workshop …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Mayors Council is asking the Legislature to build funding into this year's state budget to help move forward with a flood control project.
The mayors representing communities in the Rahway River Watershed met with area legislators at Union County College last week to seek support for the funding in the next state budget to begin a project that could alleviate flooding in Cranford, Rahway, Springfield, Union and Millburn. The proposed South Mountain stormwater project involves the construction of a dry detention basin in the South Mountain Reservation that is expected to significantly reduce water elevations during peak storm conditions in several towns. Several local engineers including Cranford Township Engineer Richard Marsden joined Cranford Mayor David Robinson, Commissioner Ed O'Malley, former Cranford Mayor Daniel Aschenbach, Rahway Mayor Rick Proctor and Millburn Mayor…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Officials pointed out river maintenance issues that could lead to flooding conditions in parts of Union and Essex counties.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
After mayors and engineers of the Mayors Council On Rahway River Watershed Flood Control met at a meeting in Millburn recently, they toured various locations along the Rahway River with New Jersey State DEP officials, pointing out the various blockages and need for better river maintenance. DEP officials later visited Cranford to inspect major blockages along the river in particular along Crane Parkway. NJ DEP Director Cindy Randazzo was provided by the Mayors Council requests to improve the emergency permit process including lengthening time period; development of a general permit for county and local engineers to better maintain waterway in their community; and a longer range study to focus on restrictions such as the silt build up by …
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 …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
DiVincenzo will hear Army Corps of Engineers plans for water storage on South Mountain Reservation during major weather events.
The Mayors along the Rahway River in Essex and Union Counties will present to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo on Thursday a report on the potential for storm water storage in the South Mountain Reservations during major weather events. Mayor Sandra Haimoff and the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Flood invited Joseph DiVincenzo to the presentation of the plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has preliminarily estimated through its hydrology assessment that up to two feet of storm water could be stored behind natural dams in the South Mountain Reservation. The Mayors will hear the plan for the first time earlier in the day Thursday when the Corps presents the plan to the council, Haimoff said, and Leo …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Repairs from Hurricane Irene are nearly complete and the 105-year-old club is again ready to welcome visitors.
Nestled alongside the banks of the Rahway River, the Cranford Canoe Club is obviously no stranger to water. But when Hurricane Irene tore through the township in late August of 2011, the same river that has attracted boating enthusiasts to the township for decades, flooded the small building in six feet of water. When the river receded, township officials were able to assess the damage. Floors and walls would need to be replaced, doors would need to be fixed and the bulkhead would have to be rebuilt in order to get the club back in shape and ready for visitors. The club also lost supplies such as food that was stocked in the kitchen in preparation for Labor Day. Historical pictures and other items that decorated the walls were also damaged…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The next meeting of the Mayors' Council on Rahway River Flood Control will focus on gaining legislative support for proposed projects.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Volunteers from the Cranford River Maintenance Committee found a tee marker from the Maplewood Country Club in the river in Cranford during the same week the Mayors' Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control met and agreed to request that the East Branch of the Rahway River be included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of storage areas. The East Branch flows through Orange, West Orange, South Orange and Maplewood before its connects with the West Branch at Millburn, Union and Springfield. Any reduction due to storage would help downstream communities including Cranford and Rahway. The Maplewood Country Club is one of the potential sites for additional storage as the Rahway River goes through the Club's golf course. The …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A recent Army Corps of Engineers report shows that solutions upstream might help towns along the Union County portion of the Rahway River.
Preliminary findngs by the Army Corps of Engineers indicate that there are some solutions upstream from Union County that might help with flood mitigation in the towns along the Rahway River. "There were promising flood mitigation solutions contained in a preliminary U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report provided to the Mayors Council on Rahway River Flood Control at its April 3 meeting," former Cranford Mayor Daniel Aschenbach said. Aschenbach was involved with the creation of the Mayor's Council and continues to be involved in the organization. The council's most recent meeting took place at the Union Township Municipal Building and was hosted by Union Mayor Joseph Florio. Mayors of Springfield, Kenilworth, Cranford, Rahway, Union and …