The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, announces the availability of the Revised Draft Integrated Feasibility Report & Environmental Assessment (DIFR/EA) for the Peckman River Basin, New Jersey, Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study, and the opening of the 30-day public comment period on the report. The public comment period concludes on November 8, 2019.
This Revised Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment is an update to the DIFR/EA previously released in May 2018 due to changes that occurred to the Tentatively Selected Plan based upon hydraulic modeling updates following the August 2018 storm event.
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 in the Township of Little Falls and the Borough of Woodland Park in Passaic County, New Jersey.
The report identifies 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 to provide flood risk management to the affected municipalities. The diversion culvert would provide flood risk management to Woodland Park. The nonstructural measures, consisting of elevation and flood-proofing to structures, would provide flood risk management to Little Falls. TSP’s are optimized to determine the size and scale of the plan that would maximize project benefits and minimize project costs and this usually occurs following the draft for inclusion in the final report, however, since this is a revised draft the TSP had been optimized and included in this report.
Upon completion of the Final Integrated Feasibility Report & Environmental Assessment and pending the approval of a Chief’s Report in April 2020 the report would be provided to Congress for possible authorization within a Water Resource Development Act (WRDA).
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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 email the Project Manager.