Following the dedication of a $143 million flood mitigation system in Bound Brook, Senator Michael Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) acknowledged the progress the state has made in implementing flood management programs, while insisting work must continue in order to make New Jersey’s communities more resistant to floodwaters.
Flooding in downtown Bound Brook on April 16, 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)
“It is great to see the Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project move forward,” Senator Doherty said. “The new levees, floodwalls and pumping stations will be vital for Bound Brook, which has a long history of serious flooding issues.”
On Monday, Governor Chris Christie joined officials from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers in Bound Brook to dedicate the new flood management system. The project includes more than 8,000 feet of levees, two pumping stations, floodwalls and flood gates designed to ease flooding concerns in the area.
Flooding has been a serious problem in the 13 municipalities that sit in a 65-square-mile area of low–lying land that collects water from the Raritan River and its tributaries. The Bound Brook phase is just one part of a larger project to mitigate flooding concerns in communities throughout Central Jersey.
Senator Doherty sponsors legislation that would establish the Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force, which would study past flooding events in both counties and make recommendations on how to alleviate future flooding. The legislation, S-166, passed the Senate in March and was advanced by the Assembly in June. The bill is also sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16.)
“For years, flooding throughout this region has done tremendous damage and brought our communities to a standstill far too often,” Senator Doherty said. “We need a comprehensive plan to combat flooding along the Raritan and Delaware rivers.”