NEW JERSEY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District in partnership with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announces two public information meetings to be held in Union County, N.J. on January 11th and 12th, 2017 to discuss the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (DIFR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rahway River Flood Risk Management Study. The 45-day public comment period for the DIFR and EIS was initiated on December 9, 2016 and will conclude on January 23, 2017.
Wednesday January 11, 2017
Roy E. Smith Theatre
Union County College
1033 Springfield Ave. Cranford, N.J. 07016
Thursday January 12, 2017
Rahway Public Library
2 City Hall Plaza
Rahway, N.J. 07065
Both meetings are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will follow the agenda below:
7:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Welcome and Poster Board Viewing
7:30 to 8:00 p.m. – Formal Informational Presentation
8:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Poster Board Session and Information Exchange
Public comments on the DIFR and EIS should be submitted to:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Planning Division-Environmental Branch (ATTN: Ms. Kimberly Rightler)
26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278-0090
Public comments can also be submitted by e-mail to RahwayRiver@usace.army.mil.
Comments received by January 23, 2017 regarding DIFR and EIS will assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes and will be reflected in the project record.
All written comments, including contact information, will be made a part of the administrative record, available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Administrative Record, or portions thereof, may also be posted on a Corps of Engineers’ internet website. Due to resource limitations, this office will normally not acknowledge the receipt of comments or respond to individual letters of comments.
This DIFR and EIS has been prepared to document the formulation and evaluation of plans to address flooding problems in the Rahway River Basin and the significance of potential environmental impacts of the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) recommended in the report.
The TSP consists of two alternative project elements in three different areas in the circumference of the Rahway River Basin: Alternative 4a, which includes channel improvements in Cranford, N.J. and modification to the Orange Reservoir Dam spillway in West Orange, N.J., and Alternative 2a, which is a non-structural plan in the 10-year floodplain for the Robinson’s Branch in the City of Rahway, N.J. The TSP provides various levels of flood risk management to the Townships of Cranford, Springfield, Millburn, and the City of Rahway.
Reports and documents for the DIFR and EIS Rahway River Flood Risk Management Study are available for review and downloadable from the Army Corps’ New York District website:
New York District is responsible for the Corps’ water resources development, navigation and regulatory activities in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York State, and parts of Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The district is also responsible for design and construction at Army and Air Force installations in New Jersey, New York, and Greenland. The District also provides support following disasters and for the Global War on Terror.