Senate Committee Approves Measure To Finance Flood Control Projects

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Joseph Coniglio and Nia Gill that would appropriate $25 million to finance State and local flood control projects was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

“With two major floods in the past year, we know that sound water management and flood control are essential in reducing the damage caused by any future floods,” said Senator Congilio, D-Bergen. “The people of New Jersey also realize the need to maintain the integrity of our lakes, streams and dams so that every major storm doesn’t result in a federal emergency, causing people to lose their homes or business to rising flood waters. We saw the potential for devestation with the Saddle River flooding during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and this bill is the culmination of six years of fighting to get money to fix the problems that led to that flood.”

Bill S-2297 would appropriate $25 million from the voter-approved “Dam, Lake, Stream, Flood Control, Water Resources, and Wastewater Treatment Project Bond Act of 2003.” The money appropriated would finance the costs of 21 State and local flood control project grants. The funds come from $150 million dollars in bonds issued by the State

“Often, making necessary repairs to dams and other means of flood control can be prohibitively expensive for local municipalities and private owners,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “If the State simply allows these structures to fail into a further state of disrepair, there is a good possiblity that heavy rains in the future could cause them to fail, compounding the damage caused by any normal flooding. The $1.3 million that Clifton will receive to fix the Weasel Brook Culvert is a vital safety project for the residents of the city”

The flood control projects that would receive funding are listed below:

Project Project Sponsor Grant Amount

Regional Flood Management Plan Atlantic County $200,000

Weasel Brook Culvert Clifton City $1,318,500

Pine Mt. Levee and Tide Gate Cumberland County $600,000

Culvert Replacement Dunellen Borough $900,000

Bulkhead Construction Egg Harbor Township $2,000,000

Detention Basin Franklin Township

(Warren County) $200,000

Storm Sewer Galloway Township $640,897

Repaupo Creek Flood Gate Greenwich Township

(Gloucester County) $2,250,000

Buyout Lawrence Township

(Mercer County) $750,000

Flood Management Plan Mahwah Township $150,000

Flood Management Plan Maplewood Township $182,250

Storm Sewer Mount Arlington Borough $208,000

Channel Improvement North Caldwell Borough $261,750

Channel Improvement Oakland Borough $346,725

Bridge and Channel Improvement Roselle Borough $5,055,000

Pine Brook Culvert Washington Township $255,000

Buyout Wayne Township $1,800,000

W. Br. Elizabeth River Sewer Union Township $1,185,000

Map Modernization NJDEP $1,000,000

Lower Saddle River Project NJDEP $3,696,878

USGS Stream Gage NJDEP $1,000,000

The bill passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee passed by a vote of 15-0. It now goes to full Senate for approval.

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