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FACT SHEET - Rahway River Basin (Tidal), NJ

Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

Published Nov. 20, 2020

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 current study is authorized by Disaster Relief Appropriation Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2.)

STATUS:   The study is being conducted with 100% Federal funds.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is the study sponsor.  A Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment was released for public and agency review in May 2017 followed by 45 day public review period. Public meeting was held during the review period. The draft report is available on the Corps New York District webpage.  The New York District has completed alternatives analyses for the study and selected the Recommended Plan which maximized the net benefits.  The Recommended Plan consists of structural and nonstructural components.  The structural component consist of a levee segment in Joseph Medwick Park in Middlesex County.  Nonstructural Plan includes elevation and flood proofing for properties in the City of Rahway, Borough of Carteret, and Linden Township.  A Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement was approved by HQUSACE.  The Chief's Report was approved on June 9, 2020.  The report is now under OMB and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works review.  The project will be recommended to Congress for construction authorization.  



Rifat Salim, Project Manager 

E-mail Address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers            

New York District, Programs and Project Management Division, Civil Works Branch             

26 Federal Plaza, Room 2118, New York, NY 10278-0090

Phone: (917) 790 –8215, FAX: (212) 264- 2924



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