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Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

House approved waterways bill includes risk management study for Rahway River

By Nikita Biryukov, December 08 2020 3:22 pm

The House approved a bill that would expedite a flood risk management study of the Rahway River by voice vote Tuesday.

“The Water Resources Development Act will modernize our nation’s water resources infrastructure, which will in turn help reduce flood damage and protect and restore our ecosystems,” Malinowski said. “As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and its Water Resources Subcommittee, I worked hard to ensure that the needs of communities like Cranford at risk of flooding from the Rahway River would be addressed, and I’m glad we were successful.”

The bill also authorizes a ecosystem restoration project for the Hudson Raritan Estuary, a coastal storm risk management project for the Rahway River Basin and the Peckman River flood management project, which Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and Mikie Sherill (D-Montclair) advocated for.

“I have long worked with local officials to address dangerous flash flooding from the Peckman River that has caused major damage and loss of life. Congresswoman Sherrill has taken up this fight in the Eleventh District and I am thrilled we were able to secure this needed funding for North Jersey,” Pascrell said. “We have worked hard to get this project authorized and put an end to these pervasive flooding issues. Passage of this bill is terrific news for our North Jersey communities.”

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