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For the Naysayers who Claim that the Schedler Park Doesn’t Flood

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood N J, readers continue to raise flooding concerns over flooding at Schedler Park, while many not all doubters often exhibit the “stuck on stupid” mentality that created this mess to begin with. Saddle River is a block east of the property . Over the years Village residents have voted  for turf in flood zones at every opportunity.

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One reader said ,  “I would say there was a 25 ft wide “pond” right smack dab where that plastic field will be situated and with no trees, who knows where the water will then go. Don’t worry though, Chris Rutishauzer took out flood insurance on that property just in case!! Maybe that turf will bubble up too when there is another flash flood. Let’s just keep rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.”

Another reader said , “Once those trees are removed and plastic is put down, what do you think will happen. Wasn’t it a parks and rec guy who said it was boggy at best. ”

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The same mentality created the poorly engineered turfed RHS stadium and the poorly engineered and planned  high density housing in the Village .

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38 thoughts on “For the Naysayers who Claim that the Schedler Park Doesn’t Flood

  1. ‘a picture is worth 1000 words’………………….
    thanks for the posting

  2. sell sell sell Mortimer

  3. Down goes Frazier !

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  4. We have been saying this for forever. No one wants to believe it because they want a field. Aside from flooding there are many other issues, but it definitely floods and water pools on the property.

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    1. And Lower Hawes floods too…time to annex Waldwick or Midland Park !

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    2. pud·dle
      /ˈpəd(ə)l/
      noun
      1.
      a small pool of liquid, especially of rainwater on the ground.

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      1. Post of the day!

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  5. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you just couldn’t make shit like this up, no matter how hard you tried! “Stuck on stupid” is absolutely a spot on assessment of the situation.

  6. Easily solved with proper drainage. Puddling after 5 inches of rain is normal!

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    1. “Easily solved with proper drainage.” That’s what they said about Village Hall and that was also under water this week. We need a Village Manager and Engineer with half a brain and guts to admit Ridgewood needs real experts to solve the flooding problems. Instead, we have an engineer straight out of Wylie Coyote’s Acme products book and Mr. Clean covering dirt.

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    2. “Easily solved with proper drainage” How stupid can you be?
      Where is this water going to go?
      Onto Rt17?
      Onto/under the Schedler house?
      Onto Saddle River Rd?

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      1. Companies do these things. My backyard floods with very heavy rain. No impact.to my house. Nut I could fix the problem if hired an engineering person. So I think it can be done

    3. They could barely build the berm without trucking in a gazillion pounds of free soil that they got from properties all over, soil content questionable, and most of the trees on the berm have died. Additionally the was a big leak from the water system they have on the property early on in Mr. Kazmarks career as Village Manager. There are issues upon issues, so stuck on stupid is right.

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  7. Drainage will get rid of puddles.

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    1. how is that working at rhs, maple and stevens

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      1. Those fields are in a Regulatory Floodway, which is all the more reason Schedler is needed, and why it was purchased.

  8. Bring in some more dirty dirt and fill it in.

    1. And once it’s filled in, where is the water going to go? Onto the highway or Saddle River Rd?

  9. People see what they want to see… You can’t seriously be equating the pooling of rain water after a severe rain event (easily addressed with some drainage mitigation) with being in the floodplain of a brook which becomes a river with nowhere to go?
    A picture is indeed worth 1000 words.

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  10. We DONT care,
    because we are
    RICH and STUPID

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    1. I was waiting for the “rich and stupid” guy to chime in. So appropriate on this one!

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  11. No more artificial turf.

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    1. The company prefers “synthetic.”

      It’s not artificial anything…it’s real plastic.

      1. It’s ersatz grass……………….

  12. Drainage, just like the drainage elsewhere. What a joke. This village cannot even come up with a plan to fix the field they have let a lone come up with a drainage plan. Also, drainage to where, nearby homes, State highway Route 17?

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  13. Is this an issue of poor drainage, a rise in the water table or actual flooding? This appears to be poor drainage, perhaps a rise the the water table, and not flooding. And while this may sound like semantics to some, it is not. The solutions, and their costs, would depend on the hydrogeology of the field. Anyone?

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  14. Our crackerjack engineer who use to be an arborist? That is scary!!

  15. Drain to where?

    1. Great question. Everyone seems to forget that this property is bordered by 2 roads and a private piece of land. Forcing water onto any of these places is going to lead to either a bunch of lawsuits and/or some hefty expenses

    2. The drain to nowhere…………………..

      (when you can’t have a bridge)

  16. Let me tell you something Schedler property has been a muddy pit for the past 25 years. They need to bring in a lot of soil. Then maybe that will help.

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  17. This Council is definitely rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Maybe 2024 will be the year for radical transparency like Siobahn said it was going to be in 2023 which didn’t happen. Paul is mayor only because he staged a coup, which isn’t leadership, it is opportunism.

  18. How about leaving the trees in tact and planting those areas that typically flood with bog loving plants? It would give beauty to the area and help the wildlife.

  19. All the ditches in the village need to be cleaned out, some need to be dredged. Maybe the counsel can give us a list of how many drainage ditches, and drainage water basins have been cleaned out this past year. we walk our dog up and down the PSEG right away along the brook, and it’s amazing how much to pray is laying across and in the brook before the storm.

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  20. sell it

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  21. that’s not a flood

  22. Flooding vs. pooling of water after a rainstorm. The original and general discussion and associated pictures show the Saddle River at the end of Kingsbridge FLOODING. Yes, it floods like hell.

    However, even though the “Saddle River is a block east of the property”, it is also about 20+ feet higher than the river flood stage. If the river even rose that high, and the flood maps show it can not, we would have far larger problems than a flooded Schedler.

    That being said, I hope the field is not developed there for a myriad of other important and truthful reasons. The truth is important. Focus on real and not perceived issues.

  23. Drainage. My ass, Pepley should be raised a good 24 inches above grade then maybe just maybe they’ll be no ponding. Have you noticed every Astroturf field they’ve removed so much soil, instead, how about raising the fields a few feet and then you wouldn’t have this problem on the field. You would have the runoff mega all way around, that’s what they do at so many other locations out of New Jersey. This is getting to be ridiculous the money that the villages pending just on maintenance and repair, there’s no more money can you imagine this rainstorm coming , three weeks earlier in the middle of the season. This is why the leaf cruise should be working every single Saturday from the gecko like other towns. Not this bullshit a few hours during the week that doesn’t do zip. That’s all smokescreen from the mayor and council to show us That we care about our residence it will bullshit. I’m glad my landscaper takes the leaves away, Thank God my family lives on top of East Glen no, no flooding.

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