The New Jersey State Senate has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Passaic) to mitigate consistent flooding destruction in municipalities within the Passaic River Basin.
Senator O’Toole’s bipartisan S-1781/A-2675 uses $3 million left over from the “Dam, Lake, Stream, Flood Control, Water Resources, and Wastewater Treatment Project Bond Act of 2003” to fund the first year of shoal dredging needs in municipalities within the Passaic River Basin.
“Superstorm Sandy, the state’s worst storm, was devastating for millions of people, many of who are still recovering today,” O’Toole said. “But residents and communities in the Passaic River Basin have suffered the most repetitive losses due to flood damage. They know all to well a long, costly road of recovery. They cannot be forgotten and need this vital investment, as with all this recent rainfall, they constantly face severe property damage.”
The $3 million is available due to project deferrals, cancellations, withdrawals, and cost savings from the previously funded Lower Saddle River Project. This measure now awaits Gov. Christie’s signature.