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Tenakill Brook Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study

Dear Residents of Cresskill:

As you are aware, the Mayor and Council have been working closely with the Army Corp of Engineers along with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on the study to mitigate flood risks within the Borough of Cresskill. Below is an update on what has been transpiring over the past three years.

  1. The New York District (NYD) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently conducting a two year study to investigate the local flooding problems within the Borough's study area. The goal of the study is for NYD's team to work closely with the Borough's stakeholders in order to identify a solution to the local flooding. The solution must be economically justified, technically feasible and environmentally compliant.
  1. On 7 August 2023, a Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement was executed with NYD's non federal sponsor, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
  1. NYD was federally funded to initiate the study in September 2023. NJDEP has matched the cost shared amount.
  1. NYD's team is currently formulating an array of alternatives, which include solutions such as: constructing flood walls, channel modifications, and ringwalls around critical municipal assets. In July 2024, the array will be complete.
  1. In January 2025, one alternative will be selected as NYD's recommended plan.
  1. A feasibility report, with a recommended path forward, will be completed by August 2025 and subsequently submitted to HQUSACE.
  1. If the report is endorsed by HQ, the next step will be to advance the selected plan to the design phase. A detailed set of plans & specs will be developed by the New York District team.

Although this is a slow process, and it is working its way through, we are confident that our efforts will be recognized within the near future. We will be keeping you posted as it progresses.


Mayor Romeo and Council