Pascrell Requests Army Corps To Investigate Pompton Lakes Dam
WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today sent the following letter to Colonel Aniello Torora of the United States Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Pompton Lakes Dam’s ability to protect the Borough of Pompton Lakes and Wayne Township during the recent storm incident.
A copy of the letter is attahced:
April 18, 2007
Colonel Aniello L. Tortora
United States Army Corps of Engineers
New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278-0090
Dear Colonel Tortora:
I am writing to request that the your office investigate the effect that the newly completed Pompton Lakes Dam flood control gates have had on towns down-river, in light of the widespread flooding caused by this week’s Nor’easter.
This storm has resulted in the worst rainfall New Jersey has seen since 1882, with some towns receiving as much as 9 inches of rain. About 2,600 residents in Bergen and Passaic counties have been evacuated from their homes. State, county, and local first responders continue to work overtime to help safeguard life and property.
As you know, the Pompton Lakes Dam is located on the Ramapo River in the Borough of Oakland in Bergen County, and Wayne Township and the Borough of Pompton Lakes in Passaic County. A project to install flood control gates was recently completed at the Dam, designed to alleviate flooding in Oakland.
Municipalities in my district have expressed concerns that the newly completed flood control gates helped mitigate Oakland’s flooding situation, but in the process made the flooding worse in towns like Pompton Lakes and Wayne.
Please prepare a report addressing these concerns and assessing the flood gates’ performance during the recent storm, and evaluate the assertion that further dredging is needed in the Wanaque, Pequannock and Ramapo rivers to handle the increased flow from Oakland. Residents in towns like Wayne and Pompton Lakes deserve to know about the impact this project has had on their communities in light of this record-setting wet weather.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Member of Congress