CRANFORD, NJ - Mayors representing communities along the Rahway River were in Washington DC this Thursday visiting New Jersey federal representatives and their staffs and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Headquarters to ensure the funding needed to keep the Rahway River Flood Mitigation Plan on track. The Mayors representing their communities urged that not only the funding stay intact in the federal budget but the final selected plan get further positioned for construction funding by the end of this fiscal year.
Senator Corey Booker and Senator Robert Menendez gave assurance this was one of their highest priorities.
Congressman Leonard Lance last week also met with the House Appropriations Chairman and received positive feedback that the required funding will remain available.
The communities had received positive news recently with the announcement by Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Corey Book; Congressmen Leonard Lance and Congressman Donald Payne, that the US Army Corps included in its FY 2015 Workplan $500,000 that is matched by the state of New Jersey as part of a cost sharing agreement to fund the Rahway River Flood Mitigation Study. In addition, Senator Menendez announced that a like amount of funding was including in the President's FY 2016 Budget recently introduced to the Congress. The combined funding should complete the study and move the proposed plan to construction funding decision.
Over $100 million of damages was faced by residents along the Rahway River during Irene. The Rahway River Flood Mitigation Plan includes modification to the Orange reservoir to store more water during peak storm conditions; there is proposed channelization improvements from Lenape Park through Cranford; and investigations are ongoing for improved storage in the Robinson Branch part of the Rahway River.
Former Mayor Tom Hannen praised Vice Chairman Bruce Bergen for his commitment traveling to Washington DC said " his support of the Mayors Council objective of flood mitigation in Union County communities was important." Springfield Mayor David Barnett expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the state's federal legislators.
The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control include: Union Mayor M Figueiredo; Millburn Mayor Robert Tillotson; Cranford Mayor Andis Kalnins; Rahway Mayor Sam Steinman; Springfield Mayor David Barnett; Maplewood Mayor Victor Deluca; and Kenilworth Mayor Fred Pugliese.
Pictured L to R: Former Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen; Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bruce Bergen; Springfield Mayor David Barnett; Millburn Mayor Robert Tillotson; Congressman Leonard Lance; Union Mayor Manual Figueiredo; and Cranford Mayor Andis Kalnins.
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