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Montville Scores $300K Anti-Flood State Grant

State announced $3 million in grants meant to help ease flooding in the Passaic River Basin.

Montville is one of 36 North Jersey towns that will receive a state grant to help clean up waterways in the Passaic River Basin, the Christie Administration announced in a release Monday morning.

According to the release, Montville will share a $300,000 grant with several other towns to help pay for the clean-up of Lower Rockaway. The total cost of the Lower Rockaway clean-up is estimated to be $592,000.

The grants are meant to ease flooding conditions in Morris, Essex, Bergen and Passaic counties, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in the release. 

All of the grants awarded to towns and counties in North Jersey total $3 million, which state officials say will support projects that clear snags, debris and shoals, and work to allow water to run freely through stream and river channels.

“These grants will help participating cities and towns clear fallen trees and debris that can cause streams to clog and floodwaters to divert from river channels,” Martin said in the release.

“We hope the towns and counties move on these projects as quickly as possible.”

In order to carry out the projects, grant-receiving municipalities and counties will need to seek DEP approval. But state officials said the permits, “will be processed in an expedited manner to allow work to begin as soon as possible.”

See the full list of grant monies awarded here.

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