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 …
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…
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions is sponsoring the workshop from 7p.m. to 9:30p.m. at the Cranford Township Community Center.
An event titled "Harvesting the Rain: Green Infrastructure for a Healthier Rahway Watershed," will take place this Thursday at the Cranford Community Center. According to Dan Aschenbach, the former Cranford mayor who has maintained heavy involvement in flood mitigation issues here, the workshop will mainly focus on improvements to storm water management. The workshop takes place at the Cranford Township Community Center from 7pm - 9:30pm on Jan. 31. The following is information about the event from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. ----- Throughout New Jersey—and within the Rahway River watershed—we have created vast areas of impervious surfaces. These impervious surfaces carry increasing amounts of stormwater to the…
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Rahway River Watershew Storm Water Mangement Conference in Millburn educated officials from townships affected by the river.
Storm water management experts proposed 10 regional practices to deal with water infiltration for the 24 municipalities affected by the Rahway River watershed, in Thursday evening's conference. The watershed spans three counties — including Union. Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff welcomed other township officials to the Millburn Library, saying they could prevent overflow of the Rahway River by working together. The Rahway River Watershed Storm Water Management Conference educated township officials with presentations from Sandy Batty, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Enviromental Commission and Dr. Chris Obropta, Dr. Amy Rowe and Michel Bakacs from Rutgers. The Rutgers' presentations gave possible small steps townships …
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…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the storm that pulled trees from their roots, flooded streets and cars, decimated homes and businesses and left thousands without power. After Irene blew through New Jersey in August 2011, Patch was there to cover the hurricane that had been downgraded to a tropical storm. The impact of the storm and subsequent flooding is still evident in some areas of Union County. In Cranford - one of the most severely impacted towns in the county - 18 houses that were heavily damaged are being elevated to prevent flood waters from future storms from submerging the structures. Some residents are still in the process of rebuilding parts of their homes that were destroyed. Behind the municipal building on Springfield …
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, November 30, 2011
In their first meeting, the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control discuss options for controlling future floods and restoring damage from Irene.
At their first meeting, the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control explored political solutions to regional flooding problems. Mayors of five towns that contain sections of the Rahway River met in Millburn along with their town engineers as well as engineers from Essex and Union County. The discussion was regional in scope. Officials looked to share the cost of changing infrastructure in their towns and surrounding municipalities to lessen the impact of future flooding. They discussed how the area’s geography and patterns of dense land development impacted water flow. And, perhaps most importantly, they looked at how they could collectively exert political will to get funding and attention. We are always constrained by …
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 …
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." …