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FACT SHEET - Passaic River Tidal Protection Area, NJ

Coastal Storm Risk Management

Published Feb. 13, 2020

DESCRIPTION:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, completed a study in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), recommending a coastal storm risk management project in and surrounding tidal portions of Newark, NJ, due to the Passaic River, New Jersey. A Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement (FCSA) for the study was executed between the USACE and NJDEP on October 28, 2014.

The Recommended Plan is the Locally Preferred Plan and was approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW)) in a memorandum dated 24 April 2019. The Recommended Plan is the Newark Flanking Plan and includes six separate floodwall segments and one levee segment with an approximate total length of 4,850 linear feet at 14 feet North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD88). It includes seven road closure structures, one railroad closures structure, and an interior drainage system along low lying areas. This plan reduces the risk of coastal storm damage for a large portion of Newark’s Ironbound residential area. The project features would reduce damages from hurricanes and storms to an approximate still water elevation of 14 feet NAVD88.

AUTHORIZATION: The Passaic Tidal area is part of the larger Passaic River Main Stem project, which was authorized for construction by Section 101(a)(18) of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1990, as amended; and In accordance with the Disaster Relief Appropriation Action of 2013 (Public Law 113-2), enacted by Congress in response to Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

STATUS: The detailed design phase was initiated in August 2019.  It’s anticipated that the project will included three construction contracts, with the first contract is scheduled for a November 2021 award. 

  

CONTACT:

Mr. Jason Shea

Project Manager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

Phone: (917) 790-8727

E-mail: Jason.a.shea@usace.army.mil

26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278-0090

 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-08 and NJ-10


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