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High Water and the American Character – The Lede – Breaking News – New York Times Blog

I worked on the archaeology clearance of the floodplain next to the Raritan River in Bridgewater, NJ which had quite a flood after Hurricane Floyd (worked at West Point Academy for the same reason) and we dug 1 meter deep shovel tests in the new buffer zone they want to create a wetland in. I also worked on the remediation of the Foundry Cove wetland in Cold Spring, NY once the site of the West Point Foundry, a part of Constitution Island, which was literally removed mixed with concrete and hauled out on rail. Now the earthen dam has been removed and the marsh is returning. Nickel cadmium contamination from battery production for the NIKE missiles that once ringed Western cities in the Cold War had been re-evaluated by the EPA and NY State and finally agreement was met over the once before cleaned up problem. I worked on the Passaic River Flood Control Project back in 1984, still no one wants it in the 100 miles of backyard, nor has the Newark Bay storm surge dam gone anywhere. Somethings to think about when the presumptive Republican candidate for President has his “town meeting” later in New Jersey. Why can’t anyone get anything done there? Can’t they see every time this happens more toxins are released?

America needs a “water czar” not a “drug czar” especially since this is a widespread problem that goes back to ancient irrigation. China developed the first civil service in the world (I’ve heard where Mandarin comes from) to administer water problems.

— Posted by George Myers

We’ve also dug hundreds of archaeology test holes in the flood zone of the Staten Island shore part of a study to prevent sea flooding there. The Newark/Raritan thing I misquoted was to protect the Hackensack Meadowlands, once to be brought under the “polder” system, drained marsh is turned over in sections and farmed, used in the Netherlands but was too rough for automation, i.e., it would have had to have been hand tilled and worked, which was dammed and draining until a hurricane breached it in the 1940s. As much as a 10′ storm surge can develop in Newark Bay.


Written by georgejmyersjr

06/14/2008 at 12:03 pm

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