Peckman River NJ flood tunnel, levees receive federal funding

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Twice in the past four years the rushing waters of the Peckman River have leapt from its banks to flood homes and businesses along this tributary of the Passaic River, and twice since 1999 floodwaters have made deaths.

“Too many times our residents have been devastated by flash flooding from the Peckman River, which not only has financial toll but emotional toll every time it happens,” said Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark.

On Wednesday, American senses Cory Booker and Bob Menendez announced $146 million in funding for a tunnel to divert the Peckman overflow to the Passaic River as part of a broader federal funding package to fight floods. and climate change.

The Peckman project would include a system of levees and flood walls to protect the lives and properties of residents.

The funds allocated to the Peckman project, while among the largest, were only a fraction of the billion dollars to be used to mitigate flooding and fight climate change in the Garden State.

Items destroyed in the flooding removed from a home on Cedar Street in Little Falls sit on the street Monday, August 13, 2018. Flooding in the neighborhood near the Peckman River on Saturday is called the worst since the hurricane Floyd.

A total of $966 million in federal funding will support dozens of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects across the state, the senators said.

The largest project to be funded is the planned $496 million for work involving the Raritan River basin, Green Brook sub-basin in Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties.

“This is critical funding that will support projects across New Jersey that will protect communities from the devastating effects of climate change and flooding, improve our rivers and waterways, and restore our beaches,” Menendez said. , DN.J.

It will enable the US Army Corps of Engineers to plan, design, construct and deliver projects such as beach nourishment, flood control, ecosystem restoration, maintenance and repair of navigation channels and waterways. existing across the state.

The money comes from two bills:

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed in November, provides $282 million and the Disaster Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act, passed in September, provides $683.8 million.

“By receiving nearly $1 billion in federal funding to support critical infrastructure projects, our state will work to mitigate flooding, build resilient ecosystems, and protect communities from future extreme weather events,” Booker, DN.J., said in a press release.

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For hard-hit Little Falls, this is great news, Mayor James Damiano said.

Ida produced massive amounts of runoff which occurred when the storm dumped over 7 inches of rain in the Little Falls and Woodland Park area.

The Peckman River typically overflows hours or even days before the Passaic River.  Dykes and a water tunnel are proposed to alleviate the problem.  A seawall is proposed between the football and soccer fields at Passaic Valley Regional High School.

“The Peckman River project is a big step forward in giving so many Little Falls residents peace of mind during future rainstorms,” ​​Damiano said.

The $146 million Peckman mitigation plan includes:

  • A diversion tunnel 1,500 feet long and 40 feet in diameter constructed between the Peckman and Passaic rivers to divert water from the Peckman to the Passaic.
  • 1,848 linear feet of channel edits.
  • 2,170 linear feet of dikes and/or flood walls.
  • 1,207 linear feet of dikes and/or flood walls near Passaic Valley High School, between the track and the baseball diamonds.
  • Raise up to 16 structures and protect against flooding up to 58 structures.

The measure passed the House of Representatives earlier but needed Senate approval.

“This project will provide a permanent solution to save residents’ lives, homes and belongings,” Damiano said. “A huge thank you is in order to the Congressman [Mikie] Sherrill for his continued fight to make this a reality.”

“Our communities and families in northern New Jersey have faced the disastrous and sometimes deadly impact of the devastating floods in this region for far too long,” said Sherill, a Democrat representing the 11th District.

Overall, the vast majority of the funding will benefit cities in southern New Jersey, including much south of the Raritan River.

Still, for residents along the Peckman, the fixes are long overdue. Three years before Ida, an abnormal storm blew over the region.

Massive amounts of rain fell within hours. The steep hills around the Peckman caused the river to jump from its banks and cause massive damage to homes and businesses.

“This funding for the Peckman River Flood Mitigation Project is unprecedented,” Kazmark added. “Too many times our residents have been devastated by flash flooding from the Peckman River, which not only has a financial impact, but also an emotional impact every time it happens.”

Another North Jersey waterway, Molly Ann Brook, which flows from Franklin Lakes to Paterson, will receive funding in an amount to be determined following the completion of a project information report.

Other major projects:

  • Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet, $30,200,000 to complete beach restoration and monitoring activities
  • Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, Highlands, $128,700,000
  • Sandy Hook at Barnegat Inlet, Sea Bright at Manasquan, $24,400.00 to complete beach restoration and monitoring activities
  • Musconetcong River Dam Removal, $3,510,000
  • Cheesequake Creek, $30,000,000 for jetty rehabilitation
  • Delaware River, Philadelphia at Sea, NJ, PA, DE, $25,000,000 to maintain dredged material disposal facilities for Killcohook #1 and Pedricktown North
  • New Jersey Intra-Coastal Waterway, $14,350,000
  • NY/NJ Channels $11,710,000 for dredging and surveys
  • Raritan River to Arthur Kill Cut-Off, $5,555,000 for dredging and surveying
  • Salem River, $7,150,000 for dredging and surveying
  • Raritan River Basin, Green Brook Sub-Basin, $496,000,000 to complete construction of the existing lower basin and Stony Brook flood risk management features
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