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US Army Corps of Engineers will be in Ridgewood on Monday, June 17th at 7:30 pm to discuss short- and long-term flooding solutions

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Ridgewood NJ, in January the Village of Ridgewood made a formal request to the United States Army Corps. of Engineers seeking their assistance and intervention with regard to flooding along the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and the Saddle River.

A representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers will be in Ridgewood on Monday, June 17th at 7:30 pm to discuss short- and long-term flooding solutions with the Village Council. Residents are invited to attend the meeting virtually or in person in the courtroom at Village Hall.

What is the United States Army Corps. of Engineers?

On June 16, 1775, during the American Revolution, George Washington appointed the first engineer officers of the Army. Since that pivotal moment, engineers have served in combat in all subsequent American wars, playing a crucial role in the nation’s military history. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was officially established as a separate, permanent branch on March 16, 1802, tasked with founding and operating the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

A Storied History of Service and Innovation

Throughout the 19th century, the Corps of Engineers responded to the evolving needs of the nation. They constructed coastal fortifications, surveyed roads and canals, eliminated navigational hazards, explored and mapped the Western frontier, and built iconic structures and monuments in the nation’s capital. Their contributions to both military and civil engineering were substantial, reflecting the vision of many politicians who saw the Corps as vital to national development.

One of the Corps’ notable achievements during this period was the construction of lighthouses and the development of jetties and piers for harbors, enhancing the safety and efficiency of navigation channels. The Corps of Topographical Engineers, which operated separately from 1838 to 1863, played a significant role in mapping much of the American West.

Expanding Roles in the 20th Century

The 20th century saw the Corps of Engineers take on an expanded role, becoming the lead federal flood control agency and a major provider of hydroelectric energy and recreational facilities. Their responsibilities grew to include responding to natural disasters and undertaking extensive civil works projects.

In 1941, the Corps was assigned the military construction mission, leading to the construction of facilities for the U.S. Army and Air Force both domestically and internationally. During the Cold War, they managed extensive construction programs for America’s allies, including significant projects in Saudi Arabia. The Corps also executed large construction programs for federal agencies such as NASA and the postal service, while maintaining a robust research and development program in support of water resources, construction, and military activities.

Environmental Stewardship and Global Impact

In the late 1960s, the Corps emerged as a leader in environmental preservation and restoration. They initiated natural and cultural resource management programs at their water resources projects and began regulating activities in the nation’s wetlands. Additionally, they provided environmental management and restoration services at former and current military installations.

Following the end of the Cold War, the Corps continued to support the Army and the nation in a new era. They played a vital role in the recovery efforts following the 9/11 attacks and have been actively involved in the Global War on Terrorism, including reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ready for the Future

As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moves into the 21st century, it remains dedicated to supporting the country’s military and water resources needs. Their legacy of over two centuries of service is a testament to their adaptability, innovation, and unwavering commitment to the nation’s development and security. Whether through military construction, disaster response, or environmental stewardship, the Corps stands ready to continue its vital mission in the years to come.


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9 thoughts on “US Army Corps of Engineers will be in Ridgewood on Monday, June 17th at 7:30 pm to discuss short- and long-term flooding solutions

  1. This is a gag. The Army Corps is not going to protect a sports field, and Ridgewood doesn’t give a crap about the houses on Saddle River Rd.

  2. Like spitting into the wind….

  3. This is going to be interesting. Can’t wait for the report. They love reports. You know it looks good on paper. The report says.?

  4. Worth the dialogue.

  5. It’s about time. There’s no downside to seeing and hearing what they think. It’s not just about the fields, it’s about homeowners and keeping the village hall (somewhat) dry.

  6. Among the list will be the removal of artificial turf.

  7. We hope it will all be published. They need to tell the village on how to manage all of the problem areas.

  8. USACE is a federal agency. In order to be funded for any sort of flood control work, they will be required to look at flooding from a broader watershed management perspective because this isn’t just about Ridgewood. Right now, other than general programmatic funds, they are not appropriated or authorized for anything more in-depth then basic desk-top review of Ridgewood’s situation. In order to actually do anything consequential in terms of long-term planning and/or remediation, there needs to be congressional authorization and appropriations. USACE cannot really do anything for Ridgewood at this point other than some basic recommendations . There won’t be any construction funds or buy-outs or planning assistance coming our way any time soon.

    Take a look at what went into the Passaic River Flood Control project. This was obviously more extensive then our little project but you MUST consider upstream and downstream inputs and consequences.

  9. Are they bringing the dogs or the ponies this time ?

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