West Nyack Flood Remediation Gets $1 Million Grant

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation awarded a $1 million grant for the West Nyack Wetlands Restoration project. The grant awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) will be used for the West Nyack Revitalization Project.  The Town of Clarkstown began planning the revitalization project last year.

“The residents of West Nyack have been plagued with major flooding issues for years,” said Supervisor Alex Gromack. “This grant will assist us in helping to remediate some of that flooding for our residents and businesses in West Nyack.” 

The funds will enables Clarkstown to undertake environmental restoration and flood prevention measures near the West Nyack Hamlet Green Pocket Park that include construction of a settling basin on vacant land south of the Hamlet Green. Several infrastructure improvements will be involved such as wetland restoration, stream buffering, permeable parking and rain gardens. 

The flood mitigation work is expected to slow down the flow of storm water and allow more water to infiltrate into the ground and reduce flooding near the West Nyack Post Office and adjacent surrounding businesses in the West Nyack Hamlet Center on West Nyack Road off Route 59.  

There will also be educational kiosks and a small educational trail to promote understanding of the importance of wetlands in mitigating flooding and improving water quality.  

The grant will only cover a portion of the potential $15 million price tag for the West Nyack Revitalization. The plan presented in October 2012 had a $15 million cost predicted  for drainage and streetscape improvements and changes to the park area. The drainage improvements alone were estimated at $2.2 million. Finalization of the revitalization design plans is expected in 2014.

Clarkstown will continue to pursue other grant opportunities for the projects planned for the West Nyack area.   

“Funding through federal and state grants help offset the cost of these projects to our taxpayers and we are grateful to Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils for recognizing the importance of this project in West Nyack,” said Gromack.   

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earth2murf December 12, 2013 at 04:44 PM
when the mall was built there was promises of dredging the Hackensack to help stop flooding...also to build boat launches...What happened to this?
Watchdog December 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM
These homes were built in a FLOOD ZONE by another former Supervisor of Clarkstown.....Supervisor Klein ...as in Klein Avenue. This was allowed to happen over the strenuous objections of the Water Company. ....Spring Valley Water, now United Water. Very little can be done to remediate anything....as was apparent when politicians told us the flooding on Route 59 by the Palisades Mall would be remediated. They lied. It still floods. The homes will still be in a FLOOD ZONE. Nothing Gromack can do about it. These unfortunate taxpayers will again be victimized by our Federal Government run by another liar, as their Flood insurance will no longer be subsidized and their Premiums will skyrocket to unaffordable levels making the sale of their homes impossible. These poor taxpayers have been victimized by all levels of government, beginning with the Town of Clarkstown.p who permitted the construction if homes in a FLOOD ZONE. No amount of money will remediate a FLOOD ZONE. Flood Maps will not change because of this so called remediation. Biggert Waters Act is a killer. Expect annual Flood Premiums of $10,000 or more.......... http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/21/real_estate/flood-insurance/
Watchdog December 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM
It is estimated that for every $5000 in additional premiums for FLOOD INSURANCE, the value of a home will drop by $100,000. Remediation, no matter how costly, will not change Flood Maps. F these premiums rise, the homes will be unsaleable so what dies this so called remediation do? These homeowners deserve an honest answer.
Watchdog December 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM
"The flood mitigation work is expected to SLOW DOWN the flow of storm water and allow more water to infiltrate into the ground and reduce flooding near the West Nyack Post Office and adjacent surrounding businesses in the West Nyack Hamlet Center on West Nyack Road off Route 59. There will also be educational kiosks and a small educational trail to promote understanding of the importance of wetlands in mitigating flooding and improving water quality.". WHOOPEE, an educational kiosk, just what suffering Taxpayers always wanted. Note the fact that once you get past the headline, nothing will happen of any consequence. This is a joke, a joke we pay for no matter what level of government this money comes from.
Mike Hirsch December 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM
You are right, Dog. Mother Nature will have her way. It was a mistake to build in a flood zone. Remediation is costly and can only do so much. I guess we are stuck with it.
Cal Mendelsohn December 13, 2013 at 07:34 AM
Unfortunately, this problem whichhas gone on for DECADES is not solved by these kinds of ufunding drops in the bucket and educational kiosks. It is a laughable attempt to control Mother nature. We all know that you shouldn't build homes in a flood plain and the developers who did so should have already been called to account. i pity the homeowners and businesses that have had to put up with this all these years.
Charles Clewsow December 13, 2013 at 08:23 AM
Senator Mary Landreau who cast the deciding vote on Obamacare is now backtracking, attempting to indicate she is now saving Louisianans from Obamacare. Clarkstown who was responsible for allowing homes to be built in a Flood Zone is now saying they will be responsible for fixing it, only it cannot be fixed as Supervisor Gromack is implying. This is what desperate politicians do. Even if Biggert Waters, now the law of the land, is delayed, who will buy a home in a flood zone, except at a steep discount?
Joe Ciardullo December 13, 2013 at 08:24 AM
How much would it cost to buyout the homeowners who live there and tear down the houses and businesses? It may be cheaper than trying to fix the flooding problem, that seems will never get fixed. The town should have never allowed development in a flood zone.
Charles Clewsow December 13, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Joe, taxpayers should not have to pick up the bill. Even though these unfortunate people are in a Flood Zone, they knew it and bought anyway, perhaps because the homes were less expensive because they are located in a Flood Zone. There are no deep pockets here, a misguided suit against United Water was lost because United Water was not responsible. Besides,Clarkstown is practically bankrupt anyway. We cannot even fork up the money for pensions and have to borrow that money. Our debt is humongous and Gromack keeps increasing taxes.
StandfortheLord December 13, 2013 at 09:30 AM
No amount of money and effort will solve this. Man's flawed thinking is no match to nature's force and laws. Only expensive temporary feel good fixes will calm nerves until the flooding happens again, and it will, over and over. Common sense flowed down river after the damn was built, when that area was seen as profit$ and developed.
Joe Ciardullo December 13, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Charles, My point is if we are spending 15 million to "try" to fix the problem, what is the cost to just relocate the people? Similar to what is/was being done with Hurricane Sandy. IMO the town should have never allowed the homes to be built. But is seems that we are going to spend 15 million to try to fix the issue, when it may be better to cut our losses and move on.
Mike Hirsch December 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM
I think you make a good point, Joe, but the 15 Million is for the whole hamlet streetscape renovation (which is of course overspending). The drainage issues are only a small part of that. I think the town should rethink their plans and incorporate some of your idea by buying up or taking over some of the inhabitable homes, or by eminent domain. The homes should be able to be bought at a very good price and the people who live there should be glad to get out. Maybe the town can build some affordable housing for them. They can then turn the land acquired into a natural, park like area at a fraction of the cost.
earth2murf December 13, 2013 at 02:01 PM
why not dig a giant Sump behind the Park area,across from Post office...
Watchdog December 13, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Mike, the Town does not need to get into any other businesses.......PERIOD. Fixing up or buying problem properties will open Pandoras Box of all problem prooerties.


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