Governor Chris Christie marked yesterday a milestone in the Administration’s efforts to make the state more storm-resilient by dedicating the completion of the Bound Brook phase of the Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project.
A $143 million system of levees, floodwalls, floodgates and pumping stations will help protect Bound Brook, long one of the most flood-prone communities in the state, as well as a densely populated portion of north-central New Jersey.
Governor Christie was joined by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin, Brigadier General William H. Graham, Colonel David Caldwell, Commander of the Army Corps’ New York District, and Bound Brook Mayor Robert Fazen.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is very pleased to be announcing the completion of the Bound Brook portion of the Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project,” said Colonel Caldwell.
“In collaboration with our partners at the federal, state and local levels, we’ve taken another step toward reducing flood risk and increasing resiliency for the residents of Bound Brook. This is a key step in the building of one of the largest flood risk reduction projects of its kind in the country.”
The federal government funded 75 percent of the construction costs, with the state and local governments making up the balance.
Somerset County is performing ongoing maintenance of the Bound Brook flood-protection system, with the state paying 75 percent of the operating costs and the county funding the balance.