Comments Invited on Minish Project

The USACE, New York District, announced yesterday the release of the Joseph G. Minish Passaic River Waterfront Park and Historic Area, Phase I- Draft Hurricane Sandy Limited Reevaluation Report and Draft Environmental Assessment and the opening of the public comment period on those documents.

The public review and comment period started yesterday and will end October 1, 2015.

With the passage of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the Army Corps has been given the authority and funding to complete ongoing coastal storm damage risk management projects and studies in the Northeast, including the Joseph G. Minish Passaic River Waterfront Park and Historic Area, Phase I- Draft Hurricane Sandy Limited Reevaluation Report and Environmental Assessment (HSLRR and EA).

Public comments on the draft HSLRR and EA should be submitted to:

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District;
  • Planning Division-Environmental Branch, 26 Federal Plaza, New York.

Comments received by October 1, 2015 regarding the draft HSLRR will assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes and will be reflected in the project record.

Background

The waterfront along the Central Business District in Newark, New Jersey is in a degraded state and the riverbank is seriously eroded due to historical industrial use and neglect.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, is partnered with the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and City of Newark to construct the Minish Park Project which will reduce riverbank erosion and lay the foundation for waterfront park development and return of public access to the Passaic River in Newark, NJ.

Phase I of the project includes 6,000 linear feet of bulkhead construction and 3,200 linear feet of riverbank grading and native plantings.

Two bulkhead construction reaches have been completed north of Penn Station and construction is ongoing new to Jackson Street Bridge.

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