It’s Official!


Our Chair, Fred Profeta, received the following by email July 28 from Joe Seebode, Deputy Engineer for the Corps’ New York District (which includes us):


“Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Fred–I have seen the letter from NJDEP supporting Alternatives 4 and 7a. Based on that letter, the position of the Mayor’s Council, and from what we heard at the public meetings, we are moving out with the detailed planning, analysis, and engineering for Alternatives 4 and 7A. We await decisions on future federal funding to enable the efforts to move forward.

We do not intend to spend additional time, funds or efforts on the other alternatives that were considered.



We’ll soon have additional information as to how you can help support the flood relief measures that have been recommended. These are important to our friends in Millburn, Union, Springfield and Cranford. They helped us oppose the dam, and now we owe them our help. Floods are no fun!





• Dam is designed to eliminate flooding in Cranford but would trap only 22% of the water destined to reach Cranford.
• The earthen wall dam would be 810 feet wide by 75 feet high and would trap 3.4 million tons of water during a large storm, less than a mile from downtown Millburn.
• The flooded area would kill all vegetation in it – when water is released it would create a “dead zone” for more than a mile from Campbell’s Pond to north of Hemlock Falls.
• Brookside Drive would be eliminated creating ruinous traffic on Wyoming Avenue and Old Short Hills Road.
• Dam would eliminate a beautiful river valley and rare wild ecosystem in Essex County that contains threatened species and forms the recreational and historical heart of the Reservation.
• Dam would negatively impact market values in surrounding municipalities.
• Approximately $10,000,000 of the initial construction cost of this dam would have to be met by local municipalities.
• Valuable open space would be lost in densely populated Essex County.
• Construction of this massive and time-consuming project would cause substantial congestion and economic loss in adjoining municipalities.
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed good alternatives to this dam which are much less costly and destructive.