Are you a resident, landlord, business owner, public official or concerned member of the public who has been impacted by flooding in the Village of Mamaroneck? Or do you or your organization have ideas or questions about potential solutions to the flooding?
If so, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Westchester County would like to hear from you at a public meeting on Tuesday, June 22 at the Emelin Theatre. An afternoon session will run from 3 to 5; the evening meeting will be from 7 to 9.
The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a study of flood risk management strategies and environmental impacts for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers in the Village of Mamaroneck. The study is being co-sponsored by the NY DEC and Westchester County.
Topic: The Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers Flood Risk Management Study
When: Tuesday June 22, 2010
Where: Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Village of Mamaroneck
Flooding of the two waterways created extensive damage in 2003, but has been a perennial problem for decades.
The federal Water Resources Development Act of 1986 authorized a $90 million construction project that would have routed the Sheldrake River through a tunnel and would have removed or elevated various bridges along the Mamaroneck River.
For various reasons, including costs, the 1986 plan was not implemented, but the current study will give it a second look and will also evaluate alternative proposals from the 1980s. New ideas will be considered, as well.
The June 22 meetings will include a formal presentation and a feedback session. They are designed to get input from those who have intimate knowledge of the problems and the environment: there may be wetlands or specific species of plants or animals that should be considered, for example.
“We’re trying to get a sense of the extent of the flooding, as well,” said Jodi M. McDonald , chief of the Flood Risk Management and Ecosystem Restoration Section from the plan formulation branch of the Army Corps of Engineers’ New York district. “We want people to come and talk to us – if they have questions or they have potential solutions. It’s all important for us to know.”
The re-evaluation study will cost $6.1 million. The federal government is picking up three-quarters of the tab, with funding obtained with support from Congresswoman Nita Lowey. The co-sponsors formally endorsed their collaboration last month.
The “scoping” meetings on June 22 are the next step in the study, which is scheduled to take five years.
Public input will be factored into the scope of the study – i.e., exactly what will be investigated. Additional public meetings will occur throughout the study period.
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