Friday, October 14, 2011

NJ DEP to Improve Passaic River Flood Alert Infrastructure

Official United States Geological Survey LogoImage via WikipediaPoint #10 of Christie's 15 Point Plan to reduce flooding is a somewhat unclear directive to enhance flood management response, which seems to be centered around upgrading water level gauges and their associated infrastructure.  One can infer that the Passaic River Flood Committee had more in mind when they wrote this point, but that it didn't make it into their public report.

From the NJ DEP progress report:


March 11, 2011
• The DEP met with USGS and will create a proposal for the warning system. Funds need legislative appropriation.
March 22, 2011
• Funds for JBOC were transferred on March 8.
• DEP met with USGS and a proposal will be drafted.
• The next step is to sign a joint funding agreement with USGS.
June 1, 2011
• $285,000 has been provided for additional flood gage implementation for the Passaic River basin and for inundation mapping; $1,000,000 of 2003 Bond Act money already was provided for upgrading USGS stream gages.
6July 1, 2011
• DEP has signed a joint funding agreement with USGS to start the upgrades.
August 4, 2011
• DEP has signed a joint funding agreement with USGS for upgrades, that started on June 1 and end on September 30, 2012.  This agreement funds the addition of cell phone telemetry at eight existing gaging stations, installation of five new continuous-record discharge gaging stations, addition of precipitation gages at three existing gages, re-activation of one discontinued continuous record discharge gaging station, and re-activation of one discontinued creststage gage. The discontinued crest-stage gage on Passaic River near Bernardsville (USGS Station number 01378690) has already been reactivated on April 1.



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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