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FACT SHEET - Rahway River Basin (Tidal), NJ

Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Jan. 26, 2024

DESCRIPTION:   The Rahway River Basin is 81.9 square miles and lies within the metropolitan area of Greater New York.  Flooding within the Rahway River Basin is caused principally by the rapid development of the area, which has resulted in a large increase of storm water runoff.  Floods have caused damage to houses, businesses, municipal facilities and public infrastructure.  Lower portions of the Rahway River Basin have experienced damages during Hurricane Sandy. The focus of this study is to address coastal flooding.  The tidal influence on the Rahway River Basin extends roughly 5 miles from the Arthur Kill into the City of Rahway.

AUTHORIZATION:  U.S. House of Representatives Resolution Docket 2548, dated March 24, 1998, authorizes a study of the Rahway River Basin, NJ.  The study was authorized by Disaster Relief Appropriation Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2.) The project is authorized for construction in Section 401 WRDA 2020.

STATUS:   The study was conducted with 100% Federal funds.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) was the study sponsor. A Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement was completed in January 2020, and the Chief's Report was signed on June 9, 2020. The Recommended Plan consists of structural and nonstructural components.  The structural component consists of a levee and floodwall segments in Joseph Medwick Park in Middlesex County.  Nonstructural Plan includes elevation and flood proofing for properties in the City of Rahway, City of Linden and Borough of Carteret.  The project is authorized for construction in Section 401 WRDA 2020.  The project is included in the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (DRSAA) 2022 for $6,540,00 for Pre-construction Engineering & Design (PED) phase.  The Design Agreement was executed with NJDEP as the non-Federal sponsor in January 2023 to start PED.



Rifat Salim
Project Manager 
P: (917) 790-8215
Email:  rifat.salim@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Programs and Project Management Division, Civil Works Branch             
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS:  Congressional Districts: NJ-07, NJ-10