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Morris County supports flood risk reduction feasibility study

Federal Funding Aimed at Reducing Impacts of Whippany River Watershed Overflow

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Morris County Commissioners Stephen Shaw and Tayfun Selen joined a press conference Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill on the banks of the Whippany River in Morristown, where she presented a $300,000 check – federal funds provided to the Army Corps of Engineers to initiate a “Flood Risk Reduction Feasibility Study.”

The Commissioners appreciated the opportunity to join the Congresswoman, local mayors and community leaders to publicly address ongoing efforts to mitigate the flooding that has long impacted communities along the Whippany River.

Commissioner Shaw spoke on his involvement starting roughly two years ago when Hanover Township Mayor Ace Gallagher invited him to participate in a task force that would focus on developing solutions to relieve chronic flooding in both the Whippany and Passaic river basins.

“Just yesterday, some task force members toured sites along the Whippany River to see firsthand the extent of the obstructions in the river that cause the river to back up during rain events … With these watershed study dollars, along with the Whippany River Regional Improvement Initiative funding and ongoing municipal cooperation, we can and will make a difference for those homes and businesses that are subject to chronic flooding,” stated Commissioner Shaw, who is also liaison to the Morris County Flood Mitigation Program.

The groundbreaking program celebrated its 11-year anniversary in March 2023, with 86 flood threatened homes purchased and restored to Open Space to date.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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