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Wayne Scores $69K State Grant to Help Curb Pompton Flooding

State announced $3 million in grants meant to help ease flooding in the Passaic River Basin.

Wayne is one of 36 North Jersey towns that will receive a state grant to help clean up waterways in the Passaic River Basin, the Christie Administration announced in a release Monday morning.

According to the release, Wayne and Lincoln Park will share a $69,300 grant to help pay for the clean-up of the Pompton River. The total cost of the Pompton clean-up is estimated to be $90,000.

The grants are meant to ease flooding conditions in Morris, Essex, Bergen and Passaic counties, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in the release. 

All of the grants awarded to towns and counties in North Jersey total $3 million, which state officials say will support projects that clear snags, debris and shoals, and work to allow water to run freely through stream and river channels.

“These grants will help participating cities and towns clear fallen trees and debris that can cause streams to clog and floodwaters to divert from river channels,” Martin said in the release.

“We hope the towns and counties move on these projects as quickly as possible.”

In order to carry out the projects, grant-receiving municipalities and counties will need to seek DEP approval. But state officials said the permits, “will be processed in an expedited manner to allow work to begin as soon as possible.”

See the full list of grant monies awarded here.

YGBFKM March 11, 2014 at 07:09 AM
$69k? Split between two towns? This is a JOKE! While hundreds of millions have been spent on "studies" over the decades Wayne gets a MEASLEY $34.5 grand? How far will this go beyond warming up the 'fleet'/mobilizing the 'troops' not to mention the Coffee & Donuts. TRULY PITYFUL!!!...............................
Real Truth March 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM
After the Pompton Lakes Mayor went against the DEP and really cleaned up and deepened the river while beautifying it. I thought for sure they wouldn't give Pompton Lakes any more money. Pompton Lakes got $250,000.00 Its a shame Wayne doesn't have balls enough to do the same, instead of just removing trees and tires.

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