USA: Corps Continues Progress on Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are currently evaluating several flood risk management alternatives for the Rahway River Basin, with the preliminary findings to be shared with area residents at two public information sessions to be scheduled in late May or early June 2014.

Included in the discussion will be preliminary economic analyses that have been completed by the Army Corps regarding flood risk management alternatives that are being reviewed as part of a long-term look at the river basin and potential steps that could be taken to alleviate flood impacts.

No single alternative has been selected for construction at this point and the study is ongoing.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in close partnership with our local sponsors the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, is committed to continuing to evaluate flood risk management alternatives for the Rahway River Basin as we work toward implementing a flood risk management project that will help reduce risks to communities in the basin that have experienced significant flooding over the years,” said Army Corps’ New York District Commander Col. Paul Owen.

New Jersey will continue to work closely with the Army Corps as it moves forward in reviewing various aspects of each of these alternatives and works with local communities to determine a best flood risk management option,” said NJ DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

Narrowing the alternatives will be partly based on the comparisons of benefits and costs between different plans that were developed by the Army Corps.

Press Release, April 10, 2014

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