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Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study

August 2018 Update- The storm event of August 11, 2018 and subsequent precipitation caused significant flooding and concomitant damages in the Township of Little Falls and the Borough of Woodland Park, New Jersey. These municipalities comprise the project area for the Peckman River Basin, New Jersey, Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study. The study team is gathering information on this event and coordinating with the affected municipalities to ascertain the damages caused by this event. The Peckman study has identified a plan to provide flood risk management in Little Falls and Woodland Park and is continuing to analyze this plan, which would be recommended for implementation when the study completes, if warranted. Less serious flooding occurred elsewhere in New Jersey from the Passaic River and its tributaries. The Corps of Engineers will continue to monitor affected areas in the Peckman and Passaic River Basins as the autumn storm season begins

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District (Army Corps), is partnering with the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to investigate the feasibility of implementing flood risk management measures along the Peckman River and its tributary, Great Notch Brook, in the Township of Little Falls and the Borough of Woodland Park in Passaic County, New Jersey. 

The New York District has released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report/Environmental Assessment (DIFR/EA) and Appendices for public availability and review on its website on 07 May 2018. The public review period occurs during the period from 07 May 2018 to 05 June 2018.  

The report identifies Alternative 10b as the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) and recommends that this alternative be further developed within the current Feasibility Study and recommended for design and construction, if warranted. The TSP consists of a diversion culvert and associated works in combination with nonstructural measures and ring walls to provide flood risk management to the affected municipalities. The TSP also includes a floodwall system along Great Notch Brook, which, along with the diversion culvert would provide flood risk management to Woodland Park. The ringwalls and nonstructural measures, consisting of elevation and flood-proofing to structures, would provide flood risk management to Little Falls. Prior to release of a later finalized version of the Feasibility Report, the TSP will be optimized to determine the size and scale of the plan that would relatively maximize project benefits and minimize project costs. The level of performance, size and scale, number of structures selected for nonstructural treatment, and cost of the TSP are subject to change during optimization and prior to completion of the Feasibility Study.

***Notice of Availability***

The Army Corps held a series of public meetings to discuss the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document the proposed action, alternatives formulated and evaluated, environmental effects, and any necessary mitigation to compensate for impacts from the proposed action. Although some of the information and recommendations in the documents below has been superseded, these documents are still publicly available. Of overarching significance the DIFR/EA identifies Alternative 10b as the TSP, as opposed to recommendation of a Locally Preferred Plan (LPP) at the NEPA Scoping Meeting. As a result of the differences between the plans and the shift in recommendations the Army Corps has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA), as opposed to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

 

Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management NEPA Scoping Meeting Presentation

NEPA Scoping Meeting - November 29, 2017 - Little Falls Civic Center

Peckman River Basin Flood Risk Management NEPA Scoping Document

 For general information please read the Peckman River Basin Fact Sheet or email the Project Manager.