Ridgewood Receives $100K Anti-Flood State Grant

Money is part of $3 million in grants meant to help fund projects in the Passaic River Basin, state officials announced.

Ridgewood is one of 36 North Jersey towns that will receive a state grant to help clean up waterways in the Passaic River Basin, the Christie Administration announced in a release Monday morning.

According to the release, the village was awarded a $100,000 grant to help pay for the clean-up of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and Saddle River. The total cost of the clean-up is estimated to be $200,000.

The grants are meant to ease flooding conditions in Morris, Essex, Bergen and Passaic counties, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in the release. 

All of the grants awarded to towns and counties in North Jersey total $3 million, which state officials say will support projects that clear snags, debris and shoals, and work to allow water to run freely through stream and river channels.

“These grants will help participating cities and towns clear fallen trees and debris that can cause streams to clog and floodwaters to divert from river channels,” Martin said in the release.

“We hope the towns and counties move on these projects as quickly as possible.”

In order to carry out the projects, grant-receiving municipalities and counties will need to seek DEP approval. But state officials said the permits, “will be processed in an expedited manner to allow work to begin as soon as possible.”

See the full list of grant monies awarded here.
Mikka H March 11, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Yea right, what a waste of 100 grand...... Now the town has cash for more sand bags around Village hall....,cause ya know....it's not in a flood zone.....


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