October 12, 2013 at 6:25 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights is working collaboratively with Union County and neighboring towns for their share of $3,000,000 of grant money made available by the DEP for the Passaic River clean-up. The competition for this grant money will be substantial due to the number of towns the Passaic River touches and the magnitude of issues.
A meeting was held on Friday, Oct. 11 with representatives from the DEP, Union County, Berkeley Heights, Summit, New Providence and Long Hill Township to walk the river to understand where the difficulties will be. The list of worst case scenarios were identified from a 2011 Map from the Passaic River Coalition.
The tour began in Summit and finished in Berkeley Heights and Long Hill . The walking tour is helpful for permitting, to GPS and photograph large snags. The County is working with T&M Associates as the on-call engineer, who were available to take pictures and video-tape.
Identifying the scope of the project and how to tackle it collaboratively is the first step of the grant process. "We are here to move forward, to get some of this DEP money that is out there," said Wagner. The Letter of Intent is due Nov. 30.