Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced federal funding for the cleanup of lakes and waterways affected by Superstorm Sandy in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties.
Pallone announced that several lakes, creeks and brooks throughout the Sixth Congressional District will receive federal dollars to cover 90% of the cost of cleanup and restoration work through the National Resources Conservation Service’s Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program, a part of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
The EWP program is designed to respond to watershed impairments caused by natural disasters, including removal of debris from lakes and streams, repair of undermined stream banks and damaged water control infrastructure.
Pallone made his announcement at Lake Takanassee where he was joined by Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider. More than $197,000 will be allocated to clean up Lake Takanassee. The work at Lake Takanassee slated to be covered by the EWP program funds will include the removal of debris, such as pieces of buildings, bulkheads, sediment and brush that were deposited into the lake as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
“I’m pleased to announce that the city of Long Branch will be receiving $197,435 for removal of debris and sediment deposited into the lake during Superstorm Sandy,” said Pallone. “During Sandy, all kinds of debris, from pieces of nearby buildings and bulkheads, to additional sediment and brush had built up in the lake. It is critical for New Jersey’s lakes and streams to be cleaned up and preserved after the damage wrought by Sandy.”
Press Release, November 5, 2013