Pompton and Pequannock Feeder Dams to be Removed by NJDEP

Pompton Dam & Pequannock DamImage by Christopher Lotito via FlickrPoint #6 of Christie's 15 Point Plan to reduce flooding is the removal of the Pompton and Pequannock Feeder Dams, old concrete leftovers from the Morris Canal along the Passaic River in Pequannock.  It has been the position of some locally that removal of these dams is a poor choice because though they obstruct water flow, they cause flooding to occur in low-lying Acquatic Park and areas in the unpopulated northern corner of town, rather than have that water hurtling towards the denser suburban areas.  That position is bolstered by the report of engineer C.C. Vermeule who both helped to engineer the Morris Canal and to oversee its decommissioning in 1929.

Regardless, here is the progress from the NJ DEP Passaic Flood Committee's progress report (suffice to say they're moving swiftly to remove the structures):

September 26
• The selected contractor was given the notice to proceed.
March 11, 2011
• DEP has developed SOW so that Treasury can bid for the design and deconstruction of two significant hazard dams in State Parks that were a component of the Morris Canal system. Expected costs: $$1,250,000, which is available.
• Initiated discussions with Office of Resource Development for removal and need to develop SOW to send to Treasury.
July 1, 2011
• Treasury has the SOW for the project which is anticipated to go out for bid by mid-July with proposals due back in August.
August 3, 2011
• A pre-bid meeting was held on August 2, 2011, to discuss the SOW for the project with consultants. Proposals are due back from the consultants by August 16, 2011.

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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