Passaic River to be Desnagged and Deshoaled

passaicImage by imprint777 via FlickrPoint #5 Christie's 15 Point Flood Plan is deshoaling and desnagging of the Passaic River.  Deshoaling and is the correction of bank washouts that have occurred and removal of sandbars.  Desnaggings is the removal of dead trees, debris, and sundry obstructions in the river.  Both processes are intended to improve water flow, but differ from desilting, which would remove accumulated soil from the river bed or dredging, which would remove a great deal of material from the river bed.

In July, Mayor Phelan of Pequannock submitted a letter on behalf of the Town Council to Governor Christie's Office describing what could only be called stalling tactics on the part of the NJ DEP to provide necessary permits to the town.  Those permits were promptly received, but not in time to complete operations prior to Hurricane Irene.  Now, after Hurricane Irene, much of that material that was slated for removal has been moved, removed, or increased by the disaster and the picture is somewhat different than it was in July.

From the NJ DEP Passaic River Flood Committee Progress Report:

March 11, 2011
• Need legislative appropriation of funds.
• Once the legislation is in place, DEP will enter into contracts with municipalities/counties for stating work.
March 22, 2011
• For the first funding round, DEP will provide of $350,000 in grant to municipalities.
• DEP will enter into contracts with municipalities/ counties for starting work (first meeting was held on March 11).
• A meeting with LURP will occur next week.
April 29, 2011
• Awaiting proposals and cost estimates from communities.
• Upon receipt, a grant agreement will be signed between DEP and communities.
June 24, 2011
• DEP has received plan and cost estimates from the selected municipalities.
July 1, 2011
• LURP has requested additional information for the permit. A grant agreement can now be prepared for the project which must be signed between the municipalities and DEP.
August 3, 2011
• A grant agreement has been prepared for the project which must be signed between the DEP and the municipalities.

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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