NJ - Congress Approves Funding for Central Jersey Flood Control Projects
New studies of the Green Brook Flood Control Project and the renewal of a Rahway River flood study are included in a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives.
The original Green Brook Flood Control plan called for the construction of detention basins on the Watchung Ridge in Berkeley Heights to slow the flow of water off the mountain into the Green Brook and then the Raritan River through Plainfield, North Plainfield, Green Brook, Dunellen, Middlesex Borough and Bound Brook before emptying into the Raritan River.
However, that plan may no longer be viable, according to Raymond Murray, chairman of the Green Brook Flood Control Commission.
"We want to take a good look at what can be done," he said.
The legislation calls for a reevaluation of the Upper Portion of the Green Brook basin and the Stony Brook which flows into the Green Brook.
In July 2019, the Army Corps of Engineers notified the state Department of Environmental Protection that the study of the Rahway River project was no longer merited because of "locally imposed constraints and lack of acceptance of the alternatives proposed."