The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, announces the availability of the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Rahway River Flood Risk Management Study and the opening of the 45-day public comment period on the report.
The Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Study was authorized by U.S. House of Representatives Resolution Docket 2548, dated March 24, 1998 and is a partnership between the Army Corps and the non-Federal Sponsor, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
This Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared to document the formulation and evaluation of plans to address flooding problems in the Rahway River Basin and the significance of potential environmental impacts of the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) recommended in the report.
The TSP consists of Cranford Alternative 4a, which includes channel improvements in Cranford and modification to the Orange Reservoir dam spillway in West Orange, and Alternative 2a, which is a nonstructural plan in the 10-year floodplain for the Robinson’s Branch in the City of Rahway. The TSP provides various levels of flood risk management to the Townships of Cranford, Springfield, and Millburn and the City of Rahway.
The report and associated documents are available on New York District’s web site at: www.nan.usace.army.mil/Rahway
Written comments on the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement should be submitted to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Planning Division-Environmental Analysis Branch (Attn: Ms. Kimberly Rightler)
26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278-0090
Public Comments can also be submitted by email to RahwayRIver@usace.army.mil
General questions regarding the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study can be directed to Ms. Rifat Salim, Project Manager, Rifat.Salim@usace.army.mil, 917-790-8215.
Additional formal instructions for submitting comments will also be posted in the Federal Register. The publication of the notice in the Federal Register initiates the 45 day public comment period. It is anticipated that the notice will be published in the Federal Register on 9 December 2016 with the conclusion of the public comment period occurring on 23 January 2017. Comments submitted regarding the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement will assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes and will be reflected in the project record.
All written comments, including contact information, will be made a part of the administrative record, available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Administrative Record, or portions thereof, may also be posted on a Corps of Engineers’ Internet website. Due to resource limitations, this office generally cannot acknowledge receipt of comments or respond to individual letters of comments.
The District will also be holding public meetings within the next 45 days to solicit comment and feedback concerning the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report. The Corps is in close coordination with non-federal partner and study stakeholders regarding details on time, places and format. Specific meeting information will be announced shortly.