NJDEP Seeks to Diffuse Public Flood Outcry Through Education Initiative

PATERSON, NJ - AUGUST 30:  Rescue workers sear...Image by Getty Images via @daylifePoint #12 of Christie's 15 Point Flood relief plan (as put forth by the Passaic River Flood Advisory Committee) is to generate public discussions about flooding which are "more deliberate and less confrontational" by having flood information meetings between floods rather than just in reaction to flooding, directly after the event.

The takeaway here is that in January of 2011, Pequannock's newly formed Flood Committee began operations, especially public outreach, and has served as a model for other communities during that time.  The Passaic River Flood Advisory Committee's directive to do the same was not made public until June of 2011, after the Spring flooding.  Point #12 is a great suggestion, not to mention common sense, and Pequannock's efforts have proved its efficacy.

From the Passaic River Flood Advisory progress report:

October 1, 2011
• The third workshop on emergency preparation and response will be scheduled for mid- to late October and will feature the NJOEM.
March 11, 2011
• The DEP will develop six outreach sessions on recommendations (ongoing).
April 1, 2011
• DEP has developed a total of six workshops to explain recommendations.
May 2, 2011
• DEP held the first meeting on Federal and State Floodway and Floodplain Property Acquisitions and Structure Elevations in Floodplains.
June 28, 2011
• DEP held the second workshop on the Expedited DEP Permit Process to allow towns to clear trees and repair river walls

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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