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Hackensack Discussion / Coles Brook Flood Commission
« Last post by ericmartindale on April 18, 2018, 08:05:30 AM »
I am proposing that Hackensack, Maywood, Paramus, and River Edge create a Coles Brook Flood Commission to identify ways to reduce flooding in the Coles Brook / Van Saun Creek drainage basin. The amount of flooding and damage that occurs to the Johnson Ave area of Hackensack demands this. 

1. Other areas are hit as well.  I live in the last house on Woodland Avenue in Maywood, along the brook, and Coles Brook rose into my yard and driveway, and I got 2" of water in my basement and garage. My wife and I scrambed to move boxes and anything that could be damaged.  I drove around and took pictures during the peak water level, and I identified that a narrowing of the stream channel at Elm Ave / Stelling Ave is the cause of the Coles Brook impounding onto Maywood homeowners property in my area. Part of the problem is a raised mound between the end of Elm Ave and the brook, which could be easily removed by the City of Hackensack with a backhoe, in a few hours, at extremely low cost. However, that's not the only problem. the new house on Elm Ave has a retaining wall along the brook, which is causing the water to be a few inches higher, and that few inches is into my basement. The homeowner on the Maywood side is equally guilty. He has encroached onto a Maywood-owned flood prevention lot and he built a retaining wall. There are areas along the brook that the stream channel can be made much wider, including along Borg's Woods, and that will also make the water level drop. I can identify areas where this can be done without damaging the ecology. NOBODY should be allowed to have retaining walls along the brook to narrow the stream channel.  Fortunately, Borg's Woods itself retains water during storms, and that means less water in Coles Brook during storm events.

2. The construction of Lowes in Paramus was allowed without any water impounding area to allow water to impound before it reaches the brook. Ironically, this was proposed on the original site plan, and somehow with the intervention of Maywood and Hackensack city attorney's to help preserve a "green" setback, the flood retention basin was removed. Rick Salkin was heavily involved, but unsure if he is responsible for the site plan change. What's needed there is an impounding area IN PARAMUS that will collect water from the paved parking lots and access roads, and hold it and allow it to drain slowly FOR 24 HOURS, into Coles Brook. So the water impounding area will be very deep or even overflowing during the height of the storm, and then empty 24 hours later, so no need to worry about mosquito issues. This is done by creating a dam on the impound (not on the brook), and the dam has a slit an inch or two wide from top to base, and the slit will spew water from the impound.  There's plenty of land there to do this. Yes, some trees will be lost.

3. Van Saun Creek is the major tributary of Coles Brook, and it could be 3 or 4 times the drainage area and volume of Coles Brook. You can see this at the intersection of the two stream along South Lake Drive, Hackensack, a few blocks west of Main Street. From a pure hydrological sense, Coles Brook upstream of the stream merger is the real tributary. The main channel is Van Saun Creek. This is abundantly obvious upon site inspection. There are areas along Van Saun Creek where water could also be impounded as I suggested for Lowe's.  Including inside Van Saun Park, and behind the stores along Route 4 west. Most of the solutions needed for the entire drainage basin are in Paramus and River Edge.

4. Excavate the whole area where the creeks merge and create a large basin. Where there are now stream banks and dirt, there could be a basin holding water when it rises. I am not suggesting building any kind of dam (there are some loose rocks there now that is sort of a dam), but simply to have a LOWER AREA where water will collect. Excavating it out means there will be air where there is now a lot of dirt and soil, and it can fill with water. Basically there would be a permanent pond there, and a very low area all along the pond that can fill with floodwaters.  And that mean less water on Johnson Ave, and in the Grand Manor Condominiums, and that whole area.

If there is any interest, I am more than willing to volunteer to represent Maywood, and to help scope out what is needed for the entire project. I know this hydrology stuff, this is perfect for me.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: A guardrail does its job at the 395 Main project
« Last post by Editor on April 17, 2018, 06:53:04 PM »
Looks like side and front airbag deployment.  Ouch.  Good thing guardrail was there or the car would have nosedived into the foundation pit, 12 feet down maybe. Hope driver is ok.
Hackensack Discussion / A guardrail does its job at the 395 Main project
« Last post by BLeafe on April 17, 2018, 03:15:01 PM »
Sometime after midnight early last Saturday morning, I heard something that sounded like a crash, but couldn't see anything. A little later, I saw lots of emergency lights reflecting off buildings in the vicinity of Main and Ward, but couldn't see any vehicles because the building on the SW corner of State and Ward blocked the view.

I went out on my roof to the northernmost edge and could see:

1. Two police vehicles, a fire engine, an ambulance and some dark car that was partially-obscured by the ambulance.

2. Once the ambulance left, a police car replaced it, but I could see the damaged front end of the car.

3. As a tow truck pulled the car onto its flatbed, the heavily-indented guardrail came into view.

4. After a quick cleanup, everyone left and I did a long exposure at 2am and made it a black-and-white.

5. Later that morning, I went to the scene for a closeup of the guardrail that saved the 395 Main hole in the ground.

Iím guessing the driver was another resident whoís even more unhappy than me about having his/her cherished view of something taken away soon by this project.

What a protest! Iím glad I didnít think of it.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2018 School Board election
« Last post by vsasson on April 17, 2018, 11:34:59 AM »
Polls open at 2 p.m. to elect three members of the Board of Education and vote "yes" or "no" on the proposed $117 million budget, which uses nearly half of your property taxes.

So, please get off your ample tushes and vote.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2018 School Board election
« Last post by vsasson on April 15, 2018, 01:59:37 PM »
IF THE PAST IS ANY GUIDE, MORE THAN 90% OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS WILL IGNORE TUESDAY'S SCHOOL ELECTION: That will be the case, even though nearly half of your property taxes go to support the schools:

What's your excuse for not voting?
Hackensack History / WW1 Hackensack / Captain Harry Doremus
« Last post by GeorgeHedges on April 14, 2018, 09:53:26 PM »
This picture of Captain Harry B. Doremus was taken in September 1917 on arrival at the new Camp McClellan AL.  Captain Doremus was in command of Company G / 5 Infantry / New Jersey National Guard.  This unit would eventually become part of the 114th Infantry in the newly formed 29th Division.  A year later they would take part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive bringing an end to the Great War.  Picture from the photo album of my great uncle 1st Sgt. George Hedges who served with Captain Doremus from 1916 ( Mexican Border Conflict ) until Captain Doremus was kia on October 27.1918
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