Township Council Approves Two Sites For Canal Dredging Project

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The Township Council on April 26 approved the use of East Millstone Park as one of five staging sites for the dredging of the D&R Canal.

The long-delayed plan to dredge the Delaware & Raritan Canal took a small step forward at the April 26 Township Council meeting, with the Council approving two resolutions providing for staging sites along Canal Road.

The resolutions allow the New Jersey Water Supply Authority, which will conduct the dredging, to use East Millstone Park and the John J. Flemer Preserve as two of the project’s five sites from which the dredge will enter the canal.

Other sites include locations in Griggstown, off Suydam Road and near the Little Valley Ranch, said Deputy Mayor Ted Chase.

The dredge will float along the canal, sucking up sediment and transporting it through an attached tube to property at 1391 Canal Road. At the site, the material will be “dewatered” at the site before it is loaded onto trucks and taken to a Bridgewater location for further drying out, pending approval of needed permits, Chase said.

The project is expected to start in early 2018 and last about three years, Chase said.

Township manager Robert Vornlocker said NJWSA asked for the resolutions now because the company “wanted to get all their ducks in a row.”

He said the sites had been selected in 2009.

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