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Regional cooperation for regional solutions

Communities are working together to alleviate major flooding along New Jersey's Rahway River.

Opportunity

Communities in Essex, Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, have long experienced major floods along the Rahway River and its branches. Damage during Hurricane Irene in 2011 was severe.

Solution

At the suggestion of Mott MacDonald, the mayors of Cranford and Millburn approached the US Army Corps of Engineers with potential regional flood mitigation measures.

Other municipalities joined the effort and formed the Mayors Council for Rahway River Watershed Flood Control.

Outcome

We have helped the Council prepare public presentations and videos in coordination with the Army Corps, and have sought continued funding to complete a regional study of flooding.

A meaningful regional solution is currently evolving, and gathering local, state, and federal support.

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