Saturday, October 8, 2011

NJDEP Attempting to Fix Broken Pompton Lake Floodgates

POMPTON LAKES, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Signs stick ou...Image by Getty Images via @daylifePoint #4 on Christie's 15 Point Flood Plan is to change the operation of the Pompton Lake floodgates in order to minimize downstream flooding in Pequannock, Little Falls, Lincoln Park, Wayne, Pompton Lakes, and elsewhere.

This is one of the points that has seen the most updates and the least progress.  Since early 2011, the NJDEP has successfully determined that residents and officials downstream are not pleased with the operation of the Pompton Lake floodgates, that they'd like to do a study of how to improve operations at the floodgates, and that if they approve the budget for that study, it might be completed by February of 2012.  That's not an exaggeration.  That's actually as far as they've gotten.

From the NJDEP (Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission) August 30th Progress Report:

September 6, 2011
• The Army Corps received the notice to proceed and a preliminary report is expected in February 2012.
February 15, 2011
• DEP requests the Army Corps to contract with an independent consultant to evaluate floodgate operations and downstream flow patterns.
March 11, 2011
USGS increased Ramapo River stream gage readings from every 15 minutes to every 5 minutes at the Pompton Lakes and Dawes Avenue gages.
• USGS has prepared SOW (Scope of Work) for the installation of a remote camera at the Dawes Avenue stream gage, contract sent to Budget and Finance.
• DEP meets with the Army Corps and potential consultant to discuss SOW for the floodgate analysis.
• DEP is helping with SOW development.
March 15, 2011
Contract with USGS has been amended to allow for the installation of a remote camera at Dawes Avenue stream gage.
• The SOW has been developed and reviewed by the Army Corps and provided to the local downstream mayors.
March 22, 2011
• After input from local officials, the Army Corps will no longer be directly involved in contracting an independent consultant for the floodgate evaluation.
• DEP will now work with Treasury to contract an independent consultant.
April 29, 2011
• After additional input from local officials, a revised SOW has been provided to downstream mayors.
• DEP is working with Treasury to select a consultant.
June 10, 2011
• DEP and Treasury meet with a potential consultant (Army Corps) to discuss SOW.
July 5, 2011
• The Army Corps meets with DEP to clarify details of the SOW.
July 7, 2011
• The cost estimate to perform the SOW is to be submitted to the DEP.
August 3, 2011
• DEP is working with the Army Corps on finalizing the cost estimate proposal and expects to sign a work order by August 31.

August 3 - October 8 > 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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