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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Royce Brook Flood Mitigation Efforts and Grant Awarded


Flood Mitigation Efforts – Grant Awarded for Royce Brook Watershed

We are pleased to advise you that the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved $249,569.12 for the Assessment and Design of Nature-based Green Infrastructure Solutions for the Royce Brook Watershed in Manville and Hillsborough, New Jersey. 

Increasing Climate Resilience throughout the Royce Brook Watershed A National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Proposal 

Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E. Rutgers University

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is announcing the 2021 Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund (ECRF) to support projects that increase the resilience of coastal communities impacted by hurricanes and wildfires in 2020 or 2021. Manville and Hillsborough are two municipalities that fall within the areas for eligible funding. I propose creating a partnership between Manville, Hillsborough, Rutgers University, Somerset County Office of Emergency Management, and the Watershed Institute to focus on identifying five to 10 larger nature-based resilience projects (i.e., green infrastructure projects) that could be constructed in Manville and Hillsborough. Projects would be selected that have a significant impact on reducing flooding in both municipalities. In Hillsborough, the upstream municipality, there was significant flooding during Hurricane Ida along the Royce Brook, which resulted in road closures throughout the town and serious property damage. In Manville, during Hurricane Ida, the Royce Brook flooded a significant portion of the businesses in the southern section of the borough.

The Royce Brook Watershed is 16.8 square miles with approximately 20% impervious cover. A substantial portion of the development throughout Manville and Hillsborough was built prior to stormwater management regulations. The goal of this project is to identify and develop preliminary designs for stormwater management projects that can capture and store stormwater runoff from developed areas and release it slowly well after the storm events. These preliminary designs will allow the communities to make informed decisions on these nature-based resilience project options and be ready for final design and permitting.

Mayor Onderko's letter of support.....
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