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Essex County Dam Proposal Has Been Voted Down

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It looks like the proposed dam for the South Mountain Reservation in Essex County is not going to happen. While it originally looked like the plans for this dam were divided politically, it turns out the Mayors Council voted unanimously against the construction.

Cranford Commissioner of Public Affairs Tom Hannen said that now the plan is to put in a larger pipe which will allow for pre draining of the reservoir.

“Putting the new pipes in will allow for the least impact on the reservation, so that is something everyone can agree on,” he explained.

The Mayors Council consists of mayor’s from all of the towns that are impacted by the flooding from the reservoir. Hannen says that this whole project ends up being a political game.

“The problem is we’re not going to be able to get enough people to buy into supporting that concept right now,” he explained.

The Mayor of Cranford Andis Kalnins also spoke about the reasoning behind why the dam was denied.

“Although the option which had a dried attention basin in South Mountain Reservation would help more people, that option has some controversial environmental impacts which might hold up the project,” he explained.


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