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One million dollar grant for South Orange park/river

riverdrawOne million dollars was awarded to improve the ongoing greenway area around the Rahway River in South Orange.   Bike paths and many other improvements will be on the way. The grant is believed to be one of the largest single grants ever received by the Village. Awarded under the NJDOT FY 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program,  the money will fund the construction of approximately 3,600 linear feet of a pedestrian path and bikeway, which will connect the southern border of the Village at Chyzowych Field in Maplewood to Third Street near the South Orange train station in the Village center.

Link to detailed plan below.

http://www.southorange.org/development/RiverMP/RiverMP_2.pdf

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Rahway River flooding update

 

DSCN1486Looks like a possible win-win situation in the ‘Dam Saga’. There are a number of smaller steps being taken to remediate flooding of the Rahway River in Millburn, Springfield, Cranford and further downstream.  The ‘Dam’ was defeated and now the The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control is endorsing ‘Rain Gardens’ in addition to other solutions.

There is state money to help with the solution as a result of our NJ Senators Booker & Menendez.

1) There will be more ‘storage’ upstream in the Orange Reservoir to lessen peak storm waters flowing to affected areas.

2) Channel widening and deepening downstream

3) Correcting bridge obstructions

4) Constructing Rain Gardens which divert runoff from buildings from going to the river and instead direct the water to a growing number of public gardens in several towns

For more info and a list of the ‘rain gardens’ see the link below.

http://www.nj.com/suburbannews/index.ssf/2015/03/mayors_council_rahway_river_wa_7.html

Dam in the South Mountain Reservation (update)

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It would appear that the option of building an enormous (880 foot long, 70 foot high) dam in the Rahway River Watershed in the South Mountain Reservation is now ‘off the table.’   The Council of Mayors voted unanimously to concentrate on other options in an effort to lessen flooding farther down the waterway in Cranford.

Many people upstream are thankful, as are the grassroots group, Save Our Reservation chaired by former Maplewood Mayor Fred Profeta.  His group and the Council of Mayors advocated in favor of alternate solutions.  The alternate solutions include:

1)  adding extra capacity in an upstream body of water, the Orange Reservoir by dredging and creating two new outlets to release storm water.

2)  improving/dredging channels downstream in Kenilworth and Cranford and directly raising some homes in the floodzone in order to mitigate damage in Cranford.

The very expensive Army Corp of Engineers dam proposal would have flooded big sections of the reservation. Brookside drive which runs thru the reservation would have had to have been re-routed above the dam and the flood zone.  See the facebook page to see how much land would have been affected and also a link to NJ.com for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/SaveOurReservation/photos/a.488166641290006.1073741827.488153374624666/505868879519782/?type=1&theater

http://www.northjersey.com/news/mayors-say-no-to-reservation-dam-1.1007116

Maplewood Earth Day (week) schedule

Earth Day in Maplewood, NJ

Saturday, April 17, 9-11:30 a.m. — Village Alliance Spring Planting sponsored by Valley National Bank. Volunteer in Downtown Maplewood Village to help plant flowers in  flowerpots.   Scout, school and church groups are welcome.  Flowers and soil provided, so please bring gardening tools and gloves.

Saturday, April 17 10:00 a.m.-noonDeHart Community Ctr Home energy conservation literature distribution. Help the Green Team energy conservation group distribute information on the attractive NJ Clean Energy programs which provide financial support for households that take energy conservation measures.  There are excellent programs to provide financial help and advice on ways that almost all Maplewood households can reduce their energy waste.  The Hilton and Lightning Brook neighborhoods will be the focus on this morning. Just show up at the DeHart Community Center or contact money4energy@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, April 18, 9:30-noonForest Regeneration Corps. Join the South Mountain Conservancy to help remove invasive plants and plant native plants. Meet at Wildflower and Forest Preserve at the dog park parking lot off Crest Drive. Long pants recommended. Water and gloves provided.  All ages welcome. Call Tricia Zimic, to see if poor weather will cancel at 973-650-6106.

Monday April 19, 7:30 p.m.Green Drinks. Steve Tesoriero of Renewable Resource Systems will speak about home energy efficiency. Learn how to take adantage of Clean Energy programs and save money on your energy bill. O’Reilly’s Bar and Grill, 2208 Millburn Avenue.

Wednesday, April 21, 7-9 p.m. at Memorial Library (downstairs) — Organic Gardening Lecture given by Jan Zientek, Essex County Master Gardener Coordinator.

Thursday, April 22, 4-5 pm at 225 Prospect St, South Orange, NJ 07079   Join us on Earth Day as we use recycled items to make creative crafts.  Ages 4 and up.  Parents must accompany children. Registration is required.  Please visit Customer Service or call 973.669.3196 to reserve a spot.  Phone: 973.669.3196  Email: denise.dagnino@wholefoods.com  Price: $5

Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. — Composting Demonstration. Virginia Lamb Falconer will lead a composting workshop at the Recycling Center, 359 Boyden Avenue. Learn how to turn your household waste into valuable fertilizer while reducing your trash. For more information, contact virginialamb1@yahoo.com.

Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m.-noonShred-a-thon Event. Clear out your old financial and personal records. Bring your old papers and watch them get shredded on the spot. At the Recycling Center, 359 Boyden Avenue. For more information, contact Diane Thomson at diane.thomson@verizon.net.

Saturday April 24, 10 a.m.-12 noonRahway River Cleanup. Come help clean up the Rahway River. Meet at Memorial Park off Dunnell Road near the walking bridge for an assignment to help clean up the Rahway River.


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