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United States : DEP cutbacks impact Millburns dam project.

Cutbacks at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) equal timeframe setbacks for many projects around the state including the estimated $236,000 rehabilitation of Taylor Park Dam.

Consultant J. Michael Petry told the Township Committee on July 20 that there are currently four to six-month delays at the DEP for the review of construction projects. It would take his firm six weeks to prepare construction documents and obtain permits to construct a 60-foot weir in Taylor Park pond and since the DEP has requested that project plans for the weir be submitted in two phases, it would take the agency four to six months each time to conduct a review, Petry said. The project wouldn t go out to bid until the fall of 2011, he added.

There is not a great deal we can do to rush them, Petry said.Petry explained that the DEP has asked to first receive a hydraulics and hydrology report before they review the actual construction documents.

Taylor Park dam has been in a state of disrepair for years. Concerned about another catastrophic flood like the one that occurred after Hurricane Floyd in 1999, officials last year hired Petry Engineering to conduct the necessary engineering studies and decided to construct a weir to resolve any potential flooding issues at the pond.

A weir is a small over-flow type of dam commonly used to raise the level of a river or stream in which the water is allowed to flow over it. Construction of a weir would also require some additional grading of the sides and bottom of the pond to make it deeper. In addition, the pedestrian walkway at the pond would also have to be torn down and replaced.

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