Friday, October 7, 2011

Acquiring Vacant Land to Increase Flood Storage in North Jersey

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) logoImage via WikipediaPoint #3 of Christie's 15 Point Flood Plan is to increase flood storage throughout north Jersey by using federal funds to acquire and preserve open spaces (vacant land).  Basically, vacant land buyouts.

From the September 30th 2011 progress report by the NJDEP:

March 11, 2011
• The Army Corps office is taking the lead and will update land negotiations as needed.
• The Army Corps needs, and DEP supports, a revision to the federal land acquisition process; condemnation of open space must be an option for the Army Coprs to use to preserve natural storage areas.
March 22, 2011
• A letter from the Governor to the Army Corps has been drafted to include land negotiations as needed.
March 31, 2011
• A letter from the Governor to the Army Corps Lt. General Van Antwerp was sent requesting that the acquisition process proceed expeditiously.
August 3, 2011
• NJOEM is working on the elevation of 94 structures by the end of 2013, using FEMA funds.

August 3 - October 7 > No Updates Available.



Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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